Irish Poems and Blessings for St. Patrick’s Day~

“May those who love us, love us. And those who don’t love us, May God turn their hearts; And if He doesn’t turn their hearts, May He turn their ankles, So we will know them by their limping.” ~Irish Blessing

Contributed by my husband. 🙂

My friend Patricia Mann’s late father, Bob McCluskey, was an Irishman.  Here are some sayings found among his papers which she has kindly shared with me and I with you~

“When I feel them a-coming,

A spell of the blues.

Feel worried and troubled,

Don’t know what to do,

I then turn my thoughts

Dear friend, unto you.

And know I’m not alone–

You have troubles, too.

Then mine become lessened,

As if for flight,

And I send you a wish

With all of my might.

May all your troubles

Boon float away

And may mine join yours

Upon their way.”


“Gin ye find a heart that’s weary.

And that needs a brither’s hand,

Dinna thou turn from it, dearie,

Thou shouldst help thy fellow man.

Thou mayest have a hidden heartache,

Sacred from all mortal kin,

And because of thine own grief’s sake,

Thou maun feel for ither men.”


“When we feel restless, impatient and discouraged because we have lost something prized or loved, let us remember the first and last verses of Mrs. Wheeler’s beautiful poem, ‘Recompense:’

“Straightway through my heart this fact to-day

By truth’s own hand is driven;

God never takes one thing away,

But something else is given.

It is the law, complete, sublime;

And now with faith unshaken,

In patience I but bide my time

When any joy is taken.”


An Old Irish Blessing~and my favorite

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

*Royalty free pics of Ireland

7 responses to “Irish Poems and Blessings for St. Patrick’s Day~

  1. Beautiful words and images, Beth. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.



  2. Beth,

    You should receive an award for the most beautiful blog ever! I used the last blessing as the last of my book, THE TEXAN’S IRISH BRIDE, that will be released on September 3rd. I love Ireland and love the blessings. In that book, the heroine’s father, who never uses one word when a hundred will do, quotes a blessing at every chance. I love Irish blessings, and here are a couple for you:

    May you be poor in misfortune
    Rich in blessings
    Slow to make enemies
    Quick to make friends
    But rich or poor, quick or slow
    May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.

    May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow
    And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

    Thanks again for the beautiful post.

    Caroline Clemmons


  3. Lovely, Beth! However did you find the time?


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