Bless, O King of generous kings,
myself and everything near me,
bless me in all my actions,
make me safe for ever,
make me safe for ever.
From every brownie and banshee,
from every evil wish and sorrow,
from every nymph and water-spirit,
from every fairy-mouse and grass-mouse,
from every fairy-mouse and grass-mouse.
From every troll among the hills,
from every siren hard pressing me,
from every ghoul within the glens,
Oh! save me till the end of my day,
Oh! save me till the end of my day.
Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889) Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 31. English translation modified.
Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 30
Note: “Bless O King of generous kings,”in the original is “Bless, O Chief of generous chiefs.”
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Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church is a collection of prayers from the time of Patrick (d. ca. 460-493) to the Synod of Whitby (664), and also from the Celtic Christian tradition that remained after Whitby. A few of the prayers in this book may be familiar from their appearance in other prayer books. Some may be appearing in English for the first time. All prayers (with one exception) are rendered or revised into contemporary English with the hopes that they will be useful in private and corporate worship. Includes prayers from The Antiphonary of Bangor, The Lorrha-Stowe Missal, The Book of Cerne, The Book of Dimma, St. Patrick, St. Columba and many other sources.