639a. I bind unto myself today

1 I bind unto myself today
the strong Name of the Trinity;
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.

2 I bind this day to me for ever,
by power of faith, Christ's Incarnation;
his baptism in the Jordan river;
his death on cross for my salvation;
his bursting from the spicèd tomb;
his riding up the heavenly way;
his coming at the day of doom:
I bind unto myself today.

3 I bind unto myself today
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.

4 I bind unto myself today
the power 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.

[verse 5 is printed separately under 639b and 639c]

6 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. Amen.

Text Information
First Line: I bind unto myself today
English version: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)
Author: St. Patrick (372-466)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: DLM
Scripture: 1 John 5:6-9; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; 2 Timothy 4:1; Acts 1:9-11; Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 6:14; Isaiah 6:3; Job 38:4-38; John 1:1; John 1:14; Luke 2:6-7; Mark 16:1-6; Matthew 1:23; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 27:50; Psalm 34:7; Psalm 91:1-6; Psalm 91:9-16; Psalm 104:1-9; Revelation 1:7
Topic: The Being of God: Holy and One; The Church Celebrates: Confirmation; God: in creation (3 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Meter: DLM
Key: G Major
Source: Irish traditional melody

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