“I Sing as I Arise Today”
(A hymn based on St. Patrick’s prayer)
I sing as I arise today,
I call on my Creator’s might
Wisdom of God to be my guide
the eye of God to be my sight.
The word of God to be my speech
the hand of God to be my stay
the shield of God to be my strength
the path of God to be my way.
Splendor of fire, swiftness of wind
firmness of earth, depth of the sea
light of the sun, radiance of moon
all heaven’s strength be given me.
Christ with me here, Christ with me now
when I arise or go to sleep
Christ in the heart of ev’ryone
who hears or speaks a word of me.
Based on St. Patrick’s prayer (c. 372 – c. 461),
adapted for hymn-tune “O Waly Waly” (“The Water is Wide”), LM,
by William B. Jones, 1999.