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478. 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 pow'r of faith Christ's Incarnation;
his baptism in the Jordan river,
his death on the 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 pow'r of God to hold and lead,
his eye to watch, his might to say,
his ear to harken 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 heav'nly host to be my guard.

4 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.

5 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.

Text Information
First Line: I bind unto myself today
Title: I Bind unto Myself Today
Author: St. Patrick
Paraphraser: Cecil Frances Alexander (1889)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: LMD
Topic: Jesus Christ: Baptism
Language: English
Tune Information
Harmonizer (st. 1-3, 5): Erik Routley
Harmonizer (st.4): C. V. Stanford (1904)
Meter: LMD
Key: B♭ Major
Key: G Major
Copyright: Harmonization by Erik Routley copyright © 1976 by Hinshaw Music, Inc. and used by permission 4-19-84

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