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Shielding of God

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Lord and god of power,
Shield and sustain me this night,
Lord, God of power,
This night and every night.

Sain* and deliver me from fault,
Sain and deliver me from sin,
Sain my soul and my body,
Each dark and each light.

Bless to me the land whither I am bound,
Bless to me the thing my eye shall see,
Bless to me the thing my purpose discerns,
God of life, bless my condition.

Bless the journey whereon I go,
Bless the earth that is under my foot,
Bless the matter which I seek,
King of glory, bless my condition.


* sain — dialect British: "to make the sign of the cross on (oneself), then to bless." Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary

Ancient Celtic prayer collected by Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912), published in Carmina Gadelica (Edinburgh: Floris Books, 1992). These are prayers, hymns, and incantations collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the 19th century.

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