Thursday, August 27, 2015

St. Patrick's Breastplate Hymn Lyrics for a Hymn from AO School Year 2015/16


I BIND unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
 By invocation of the same,
 The Three in One and One in Three.
 I bind this day to me forever,
By pow'r of faith, Christ's Incarnation;
His baptism in  the Jordan river;
 His crucifixion for my salvation;
His bursting from the spic├Ęd tomb;
His riding up the Heav'nly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
 I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of Cherubim;
The sweet "Well done" in judgment hour;
 The service of the Seraphim,
 Confessors faith, Apostles' word,
 The Patriarchs' prayers, the Prophets scrolls,
 All good deeds done unto the Lord,
 And purity of virgin souls.

    I bind unto myself to day
 The virtues of the star-lit heaven,
 The glorious sun's life giving ray,
 The whiteness of the moon at even,
 The flashing of the lightning free,
 The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
 The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
 Around the old eternal rocks.

 I bind unto myself to-day,
 The pow'r of God to hold, and lead,
 His eye to watch, His might to stay,
 His ear to hearken to my need
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
 The word of God to give me speech,
 His heavenly host to be my guard.

 Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
 The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
 In every place, and in all hours,
 Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

 Against all Satan's spells and wiles,
 Against false words of heresy,
 Against the knowledge that defiles,
 Against the heart's idolatry,
 Against the wizard's evil craft,
 Against the death wound and the burning,
 The choking wave,  the poison'd shaft,
 Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

 Christ be with me, Christ within me,
 Christ behind me, Christ before me,
 Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
 Christ to comfort and restore me,
 Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
 Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
 Christ in hearts of all that love me,
 Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

    I bind unto myself the Name,
 The strong Name of the Trinity;
 By invocation of the same,
 The Three in One and One in Three.
 Of Whom all nature hath creation;
 Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

From Poems, by Cecil Frances Alexander Macmillan and Company, New York, 1897

My playlist for this year's hymns (not yet complete)

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