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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
76. S. Patrick’s Hymn before Tara
By James Clarence Mangan  (1803–1849)
  
(FROM THE IRISH)


  CHRIST, as a light,
  Illumine and guide me!
Christ, as a shield, o’ershadow and cover me!
Christ be under me! Christ be over me!
  Christ be beside me        5
  On left hand and right!
Christ be before me, behind me, about me!
Christ this day be within and without me!
 
Christ, the lowly and meek,
  Christ, the All-powerful, be       10
In the heart of each to whom I speak,
  In the mouth of each who speaks to me!
    In all who draw near me,
    Or see me or hear me!
 
At Tara to-day, in this awful hour,       15
  I call on the Holy Trinity!
Glory to Him who reigneth in power,
The God of the Elements, Father, and Son,
And Paraclete Spirit, which Three are the One,
  The ever-existing Divinity!       20
 
Salvation dwells with the Lord,
With Christ, the Omnipotent Word.
From generation to generation
Grant us, O Lord, Thy grace and salvation!

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