Tuesday, March 17, 2009

May the Sun Shine Warm Upon Your Face

Here are some incredible artists whose work inspires me this St Patrick's Day. In the colors and motifs and overall ambiance, I find great pleasure. Click, and check them out:
No.295 Fantasy Land by Deebs, anamcara by Selkie

Celtic Motif clock by Wool and Wood, The Irish Kiss earrings by Jewels by Designs

Who can resist the charm and great depth of Irish poetry, art, culture? Van Morrison, WB Yeats, and a mug of Gaelic ale, then off to a contra dance. It's a good life. I love Irish blessings, too.
Here are some of my favorites:

An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

An Old Celtic Blessing
May the blessing of light be on you—
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there... I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow...
I am the diamond glints on snow...
I am the sunlight on ripened grain...
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of gentle birds in circling flight...
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry—
I am not there... I did not die...



  1. Happy St. Patrick's day back at you.

    I can count on you to find a few beautiful things to warm my creative heart and a few wonderful thoughts that make me go Hmmmmmm.

    Success on both accounts today Wolfewoman.

    I was familiar with the first two Celtic blessings but not the third, it is wonderful.

    Here is a fourth, the Irish seem to have such a warm way of sharing their blessings.

    Irish Blessing for Blessings and Happiness
    May your troubles be less
    And your blessings be more.
    And nothing but happiness
    Come through your door.

  2. Awwww, I love that- thank you, in2l!

    Many blessing to you and your household!