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478a. 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 forever,
by power of faith, Christ’s incarnation,
his baptism in the Jordan river,
his death on cross for my salvation,
his bursting from the spiced 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 starlit 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,
God’s eye to watch, God’s 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.

5 Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
against false words of heresy,
against the knowledge that defiles,
against the heart’s idolatry,
against the wizard’s evil craft,
against the death-wound and the burning,
the choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
protect me, Christ, till your returning.

6 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.

7 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 has 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
Author (attributed to): St Patrick, c. 389-c.461
Translator: Cecil Francis Alexander, 1818-95
Meter: 88.88 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1999
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Source: 'St Patrick's Breastplate' Gaelic 5th-7th cent.
Tune Information
Name: ST PATRICK
Arranger: Charles Villiers Stanford, 1852-1924
Harmonizer: Charles Villiers Stanford, 1852-1924
Meter: 88.88 D
Key: g minor
Source: Irish traditional hymn melody



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