"I arise to-day
Through a mighty strength,
the invocation of the Trinity,
through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.
I arise to-day
Through God's strength to pilot me:
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me...
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me...."
So reads in part, St. Patrick's 'The Deer's Cry'.
Numerous lines have been left out regarding evils from which protection is required.
But one particular reads "against spells of women and smiths and wizards."
Bless him, he knew where dangers lay.
May all the blessings of Patrick's God and ours be yours this day
and in full measure.