Blessings & Good Wishes

Rop soraid in sét-sa...

Rop soraid in sét-sa,
rop sét lessa im lámaib;
Críst credal fri demnaib,
fri armaib, fri áraib!

(may be * smooth/pleasant * the * road-this /
may be * road * of benefit * in my * hands /
Christ * holy * against * demons /
against * weapons * against * slaughters)

May this journey be pleasant,
may it be a journey of profit in my hands;
holy Christ against demons,
against weapons, against slaughters!

This is the first stanza of a poem of three stanzas, possibly composed by Máel Ísu Úa Brolcháin, and edited and translated by Kuno Meyer in Ériu, vol. 6, p. 112.

Bennacht for cách don·áncamar...

Bennacht for cách don·áncamar.
Ro·ícca Día dar ar cend, óre nach ícfam-ne.

(blessing * on * everything * that we have come to *
may repay * God * across * our * head * for * that not * will we repay)

A blessing on all that has come to us.
May God repay you for our sake, for we will not be able to.

Spoken by Cano to Illann in "Scéla Cano Meic Gartnáin".

Bennacht for cách at·beir!

Bennacht for cách at·beir!

(blessing * on * everything * that you say)

A blessing on all you've said!

Spoken by King Illann in "Scéla Cano Meic Gartnáin".

Día limm fri fuin, Día limm fri fáir.

Día limm fri fuin, Día limm fri fáir.

(God * with me * at * sunset * God * with me * at * sunrise)

God with me at sunset, God with me at sunrise.

A blessing attributed to Colum Cille in "Sanas Cormaic" (# 605). By substituting other prepositional forms for "limm", this can be a blessing not of oneself but of others: "latt" (with you, singular),"lib" (with you, plural), or "linn" (with us).

Líth gacha labartha leat.

Líth gacha labartha leat.

(luck * of every * utterance * with you)

May your words prosper you!

Spoken by Conall in "Cath Muigi Rath" (p. 160 in FDG). He continues "caínleas cacha comairli chugud" (the fair benefit of every counsel to you = and may you benefit from every good counsel).

Bennacht nime...

Bennacht nime, nél-bennacht,
Bennacht tíre, torad-bennacht,
Bennacht mara, íasc-bennacht.

(blessing * of heaven * cloud-blessing / blessing * of earth * fruit-blessing / blessing * of sea / fish-blessing)

The blessing of heaven, cloud blessing,
The blessing of earth, fruit blessing,
The blessing of sea, fish blessing.

The first three of a series of blessings "foraib uile rígaib Caisil" (on all the kings of Cashel), from "The Story of the Finding of Cashel".

Do shoínmigi sin!

Do shoínmigi sin!

(for * happiness, prosperity * that)


Said by Conall to Cú Chulainn when he took charge of his first chariot, in the "Macgnímartha".

Bennacht dé ocus ainde fort!

Bennacht dé ocus ainde fort!

(blessing * of gods * and * un-gods * on you)

The blessings of the gods and the non-gods upon you!

Spoken by Cú Chulainn to the Morrígan in the LU version of "Táin Bó Cúailgne". He did not recognize his adversary when he gave the blessing, she being disguised as an old woman milking a cow. The word "bennacht", earlier spelled "bendacht", comes from Latin "benedictum".

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