I bind unto myself today (St Patrick’s Breastplate – 5 verses) – Organ


I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me forever,
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.

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

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.

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 has creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation;
Salvation is of Christ the Lord!


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  • Tune: St Patrick’s Breastplate
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924)
  • Lyricist: St Patrick (373 – 463)
  • Translator: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 – 1895)
  • Church Year: Trinity, St Patrick’s Day
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.