Christ Beside Me

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1 Christ beside me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me
King of my heart;
Christ within me,
Christ below me,
Christ above me
never to part.

2 Christ on my right hand,
Christ on my left hand,
Christ all around me
shield in the strife;
Christ in my sleeping,
Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising
light of my life.

3 Christ beside me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me
King of my heart;
Christ within me,
Christ below me,
Christ above me
never to part.

Source: The Faith We Sing #2166

Author (attributed to): St, Patrick

Patrick, St., the 2nd Bishop and Patron Saint of Ireland, was the son of Calpurnius, a deacon, and grandson of Potitus, a presbyter, and great grandson of Odissus, a deacon, was born most probably near Dumbarton, in North Britain, in 372. According to his epistle to Coroticus, his father was also a decurio, a member of the local town council, and a Roman by descent. Hence probably the name Patricius. St. Patrick alludes in Coroticus, § 5, to his having been originally a freeman, and of noble birth. His birthplace is termed in his Confession, § 1, Bannavem Taberniæ. Some have identified that place with Boulogne-sur-Mer, in France. His mother's name was Concessa, said to have been sister of St. Martin of Tours. According to Tirechan's Coll… Go to person page >

Adapter: James Quinn

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Text Information

First Line: Christ be beside me
Title: Christ Beside Me
Adapter: James Quinn (1969, alt.)
Author (attributed to): St, Patrick
Meter: 5.5.5.4 D
Source: St. Patrick's Breastplate, 8th century
Language: English; Spanish
Copyright: Adapt. © 1969, James Quinn, SJ. Published by OCP

Tune

BUNESSAN

BUNESSAN is a Gaelic tune that was first published (melody only) in Lachlan Macbean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael (1888) as a setting for Mary Macdonald's carol "Child in the Manger." The tune is named after Macdonald's birthplace on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. BUNESSAN is also well known as the set…

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Instances

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Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #611
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #577
Favorites Number 9: A Collection of Gospel Songs #41
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #702Text InfoAudio
Iona Abbey Music Book: songs from the Iona Abbey Worship Book #20
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #553
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #390
Renew! #164
Sing the Faith #2166
The Faith We Sing #2166Text
The Worshiping Church #543
Worship and Rejoice #425



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