Monday, June 27, 2011

11th Century Scottish Peace Prayer

Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you, for ever.




2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. Both John Rutter and Donovan have arrangements for these words. You credit it to an 11th Century source. Another site says it is based on ancient Gaelic runes. Of course both could be true - no problem - but do you know the name of the 11th Century source?

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  2. Lovely bit of poetry, and a worthy sentiment to be sure, but this is not 11th century, nor is it from earlier, nor is it related to anything written in a Celtic language. It's derived from the English-language work of "Fiona MacLeod" (a pseudonym for William Sharp (1855-1905).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sharp_%28writer%29

    http://www.alia.ie/tir/discus/messages/22/141.html?SundayJanuary2420100840pm
    (Scroll down to the end for Dr. Michael Foster's comment)

    http://www.worldprayers.org/archive/prayers/invocations/deep_peace_i_breathe_into.html

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