Bless O King of Generous Kings

Bless,CelticCapital6 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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A Prayer

O God,CelticCapital5
in my deeds,
in my words,
in my wishes,
in my reason,
and in the fulfilling of my desires,
in my sleep,
in my dreams,
in my repose,
in my thoughts,
in my heart and soul always,
may the promised Branch of glory dwell.
Oh! in my heart and soul always,
may the fragrant Branch of glory dwell.

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889) Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 27. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 26

Note: The closing lines, “May the promised Branch of glory…” were altered so that the prayer is Christ-centered with the emphasis on “the promised Branch of glory,” a reference to Isaiah 4:2 and Isaiah 11:1.

 

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