Silence

August 28, 2011

I weave a silence onto my lips.
I weave a silence into my mind.
I weave a silence within my heart.
I close my ears to dis­trac­tions.
I close my eyes to attrac­tions.
I close my eyes to temptations.

Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm.
Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all tumult within me cease.
Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.

– from the Carmina Gadelica: Ortha nan Gaid­heal, Alexan­der Carmichael, 1900

Blessing of the Kindling

February 7, 2011

I WILL kindle my fire this morning
In presence of the holy angels of heaven,
In presence of Ariel of the loveliest form,
In presence of Uriel of the myriad charms,
Without malice, without jealousy, without envy,
Without fear, without terror of any one under the sun,
But the Holy Son of God to shield me.
Without malice, without jealousy, without envy,
Without fear, without terror of any one under the sun,
But the Holy Son of God to shield me.

God, kindle Thou in my heart within
A flame of love to my neighbour,
To my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all,
To the brave, to the knave, to the thrall,
O Son of the loveliest Mary,
From the lowliest thing that liveth,
To the Name that is highest of all.
O Son of the loveliest Mary,
From the lowliest thing that liveth,
To the Name that is highest of all.

– from Carmina Gadelica Vol. 1, by Alexander Carmichael (1900).