Monday, March 17, 2008


I live a non-journalist's life. I look for the texture of ordinary things.
----- Nuala O'Faolain

Bless This House
Bless this house, o Lord, we pray.
Make it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out.
Bless the roof and chimney tall,
Let thy peace lie over all.
Bless the doors that they may prove
Ever open to joy and love.
Bless the windows shining bright,
Letting in God's heavenly light.
Bless the hearth a-blazing there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer.
Bless the people here within...
Keep them pure and free from sin.
Bless us all, that one day, we
May be fit, O lord, to dwell with Thee.

This evening we celebrate St. Patrick and kindle memories of our too-short stay on the Emerald Isle by stuffing our pieholes with baked ham, colcannon, champ, and soda bread. Dessert? Traditional girl scout cookies.

Irish Marriage Blessing
May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward.

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
----- Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything.
----- Oscar Wilde

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
----- Oscar Wilde

An Irish Prayer
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
----- Sean O'Casey

Irish blessings and prayers are sweet and hopeful. I especially like this one:

May the blessing of the rain be on you—
the soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
so that all the little flowers may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.
May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
may they beat upon your spirit
and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool
where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
-----Samuel Beckett, "Worstward Ho", 1983

Vladimir: That passed the time.
Estragon: It would have passed in any case.
Vladimir: Yes, but not so rapidly.
----- Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1955)

The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.
----- Seamus Heaney

Happy St. Patrick's Day.


Life As I Know It said...

Hope you had a good St. Patricks' Day!
We didn't do much at all, except send my son to school wearing green ;)

Amanda said...

Lovely, indeed.