The Celtic Literature Collective

Christís Cross
Ascribed to Columbcille

CHRISTíS cross over this face,
and thus over my ear.
Christís cross over this eye.
Christís cross over this nose.

Christís cross over this mouth.
Christís cross over this throat.
Christís cross over the back of this head.
Christís cross over this side.

Christís cross over this belly
(so is it fitting).
Christís cross over this lower belly.
Christís cross over this back.

Christís cross over my arms
from my shoulders to my hands.
Christís cross over my thighs.
Christís cross over my legs.

Christís cross to accompany me before me.
Christís cross to accompany me behind me.
Christís cross to meet every difficulty
both on hollow and hill.

Christís cross eastwards facing me.
Christís cross back towards the sunset.
In the north, in the south unceasingly
may Christís cross straightway be.

Christís cross over my teeth
lest injury or harm come to me.
Christís cross over my stomach.
Christís cross over my heart.

Christís cross up to broad (?) Heaven.
Christís cross down to earth.
Let no evil or hurt come
to my body or my soul.

Christís cross over me as I sit.
Christís cross over me as I lie.
Christís cross be all my strength
till we reach the King of Heaven.

Christís cross over my community.
Christís cross over my church.
Christís cross in the next world;
Christís cross in this.

From the top of my head
to the nail of my foot,
O Christ, against every danger
I trust in the protection of thy cross.

Till the day of my death,
before going into this clay,
I shall draw without . . .
Christís cross over this face.


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