Every day ought to sing, but some days wake up singing all on their own, while others have to be persuaded to sing. Today needs no persuasion for me, but perhaps your today is different. Here, then, is a song to persuade your day to sing. The words are attributed to St. Patrick, and the melody, so far as I can find out, is traditional. If you click here, you may listen to a lovely rendition of it, performed by a lovely set of musicians.* I recommend that you do.
This day God gives me strength of high heaven,
Sun and moon shining, flame in my hearth,
Flashing of lighting, wind in its swiftness,
Deeps of the ocean, firmness of earth.
This day God sends me strength as my guardian,
Might to uphold me, wisdom as guide;
Your eyes are watchful, Your ears are listening,
Your lips are speaking, Friend at my side.
God’s way is my way, God’s shield is round me,
God’s host defends me, saving from ill;
Angels of heaven drive from me always
All that would harm, stand by me still.
Rising I thank you, mighty and strong One,
King of creation, Giver of rest,
Firmly confessing God in three persons,
Oneness of Godhead, Trinity blessed.
*The band L’Angelus