An Irish Blessing

May the blessing of the rain be on you—
the soft, sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
so that all the little flowers may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.
May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
may they beat upon your spirit
and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool
where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.
– An Irish Blessing
[photo © Erin Bond]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This photo of the Cliffs of Moher was taken by my daughter, Erin, during a two-year stay in Ireland, during which time she fell in love with both the country, and its people. May the blessing of the rain be on you!

Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

6 thoughts on “An Irish Blessing”

  1. And belated happy birthday, Nancy! That’s what happens when ones internet goes stupid (yet again) and one gets really, really busy with a host of other things. I hope it was a good day for you, and all the best for the coming year–gardening, photographing, blogging and all other delights.

  2. Hey Jodi — thanks for the birthday wishes. :) Sorry you’re still having internet troubles — I hope it all gets straightened out soon!

  3. How beautiful, the blessing and the photo. I hadn’t heard the blessing of the rain before. Many thanks and Happy St Patty’s day to you too.

  4. What wonderful sentiments! Your daughter’s photo is the perfect accompaniment for these touching words… Deb

  5. Extremely beautiful photo…your daughter has a sharp eye and great photography skills. Our priest is from Ireland and I have always wanted to visit there and plan to one day. I loved my visits to England and other countries in Europe. Thanks for your nice comments on my blog. I really enjoy visiting your site.
    (A belated Happy Birthday!) Best regards, Jon on 3-20-08

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