436. I Bind unto Myself Today

1 I bind unto myself today
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three-in-One, and One-in-Three.

2 I bind this day to me for ever,
by power of faith, Christ's incarnation,
his baptism in the Jordan river,
his death on cross for my salvation.
His bursting from the spiced tomb,
his riding up the heavenly way,
his coming at the day of doom,
I bind unto myself today.

3 I bind unto myself today
the virtues of the starlit heaven,
the glorious sun's life-giving ray,
the whiteness of the moon at even,
the flashing of the lightning free,
the whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
the stable earth, the deep salt sea,
around the old eternal rocks.

4 I bind unto myself today
the power of God to hold and lead,
his eye to watch, his might to stay,
his ear to hearken to my need,
the wisdom of my God to teach,
his hand to guide, his shield to ward;
the word of God to give me speech,
his heavenly host to be my guard.

5 Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

6 I bind unto myself the name,
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three-in-One, and One-in-Three.
of whom all nature hath creation,
eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Text Information
First Line: I bind unto myself today
Title: I Bind unto Myself Today
Author (attributed to): Patrick of Ireland (389?-461?)
Translator: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Deuteronomy 11:18-28; Job 38:1-41; Psalm 20; Proverbs 3:3-8; Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 3:22-31; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Ephesians 1:15-23; Philippians 3:4-16
Topic: Call and Vocation; Covenant; Ordination (1 more...)
Tune Information
Name: ST. PATRICK'S BREASTPLATE
Arranger: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Meter: Irregular
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Irish hymn



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