Comment: LL, here's a *protective breastplate* for you!

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LL, here's a *protective breastplate* for you!

(from early AD 5th century by a man who dedicated his life in a not-too-hospitable foreign land :-)

(It starts with a more liturgical invocation, and then, turns lyrical.)

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun
Brilliance of moon
Splendor of fire
Speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind
Depth of sea
Stability of earth
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s host to secure me
against snares of devils
against temptations of vices
against inclinations of nature
against everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd.

(the entire text)
http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/celtic/ctexts/p03.html

(a sung version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dxJGf2u8TI