I bind unto myself today


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 for ever,
by power of faith, Christ's Incarnation;
his baptism in Jordan river;
his death on cross for my salvation;
his bursting from the spicèd tomb;
his riding up the heavenly way;
his coming at the day of doom:
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
of the great love of cherubim;
the sweet "Well done" in judgment hour;
the service of the seraphim;
confessors' faith, apostles' word,
the patriarchs' prayers, the prophets' scrolls;
all good deeds done unto the Lord,
and purity of virgin souls.

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.

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.

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 today
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.


Words: attributed to St. Patrick (372-466);
trans. Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), 1889

Music: St. Patrick's Breastplate and Gartan (verse 6)

Meter: LMD

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 583 Changeable Chant (Robinson), Tara  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 655 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906 212 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916 525 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 346 St. Patrick's Breastplate, Tara  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
     
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 266 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Songs of Praise, 1925 266 Morley, St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 528 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 812 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
The Hymnal 1940 268 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 162 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 326 St. Patrick's Breastplate, Tara  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 229 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
The Hymn Book 1971 068 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 454 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
The Hymnal 1982 370 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985 159 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 005 St. Patrick's Breastplate text modernized, misses verses 3 and 4
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 225 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 436 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 478 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 203 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 302 St. Patrick's Breastplate  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 322 St. Patrick's Breastplate  

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