Ravings and Rantings

Welcome to my cloud! It's got a nice silver lining somewhere.....Some ranting, some raving--mostly positive stuff,lots of jokes (I can't stay serious). Nothing going on here that a pina colada or mohito can't fix.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Irish Treats

*shock*! It's not a song title! I was in search of trivia, preferably Irish since that I be, and I found some on http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/irish_proverbs.html, repeated here for your pleasure. Followed by Irish blessings (since I think I, and the rest of us, can defintely use one once in a while). I've added in some sayings of my great grandma's (fresh from the old sod):


Irish Proverbs
A drink precedes a story.
A friend's eye is a good mirror.
A hen is heavy when carried far.
A hound's food is in its legs.
A lock is better than suspicion.
A silent mouth is melodious.
A trade not properly learned is an enemy.
Age is honorable and youth is noble.
As the big hound is, so will the pup be.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
Both your friend and your enemy think you will never die.
Even a small thorn causes festering.
Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.
He who comes with a story to you brings two away from you.
He who gets a name for early rising can stay in bed until midday.
If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.
If you want to be criticized, marry.
Instinct is stronger than upbringing.
It is a bad hen that does not scratch herself.
It is a long road that has no turning.
It is better to exist unknown to the law.
It is not a secret if it is known by three people.
It is sweet to drink but bitter to pay for.
It is the good horse that draws its own cart.
It is the quiet pigs that eat the meal.
It takes time to build castles. Rome wan not built in a day.
It's not a matter of upper and lower class but of being up a while and down a while.
Lack of resource has hanged many a person.
Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.
May you have a bright future - as the chimney sweep said to his son.
Mere words do not feed the friars.
Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Necessity knows no law.
Need teaches a plan.
Patience is poultice for all wounds.
Youth does not mind where it sets its foot.
You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

People live in each other's shelter.
Put silk on a goat, and it's still a goat.
Quiet people are well able to look after themselves.
The day will come when the cow will have use for her tail.
The hole is more honorable than the patch.
The light heart lives long.
The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot.
The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely.
The raggy colt often made a powerful horse.
The smallest thing outlives the human being.
The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches.
The well fed does not understand the lean.
The work praises the man.
The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey.
There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave.
There is no fireside like your own fireside.
There is no luck except where there is discipline.
There is no need like the lack of a friend.
There is no strength without unity.
Thirst is the end of drinking and sorrow is the end of drunkenness.
Three diseases without shame: Love, itch and thirst.
Time is a great story teller.
Two shorten the road.
Two thirds of the work is the semblance.
Walk straight, my son - as the old crab said to the young crab.
When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.
When fire is applied to a stone it cracks.
When the apple is ripe it will fall.
When the drop (drink) is inside, the sense is outside.
When the liquor was gone the fun was gone.
Whistling girls and crowing hens will surely come to no good ends.
Wine divulges truth.
You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
You must live with a person to know a person. If you want to know me come and live with me.
Youth sheds many a skin. The steed (horse) does not retain its speed forever.


Irish Blessings

May the road rise to meet you.May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face.And rains fall soft upon your fields.And until we meet again,May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

May you live as long as you want,And never want as long as you live.

Always remember to forgetThe things that made you sad.But never forget to rememberThe things that made you glad.

Always remember to forgetThe friends that proved untrue.But never forget to rememberThose that have stuck by you.

Always remember to forgetThe troubles that passed away.But never forget to rememberThe blessings that come each day.

May the saddest day of your future be no worseThan the happiest day of your past.

May the roof above us never fall in.And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.

May you have warm words on a cold evening,A full moon on a dark night,And the road downhill all the way to your door.

May there be a generation of childrenOn the children of your children.

May you live to be a hundred years,With one extra year to repent!

May the Lord keep you in His handAnd never close His fist too tight.

May your neighbors respect you,Trouble neglect you,The angels protect you,And heaven accept you.

May the Irish hills caress you.May her lakes and rivers bless you.May the luck of the Irish enfold you.May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

Walls for the wind,And a roof for the rain,And drinks beside the fire - Laughter to cheer youAnd those you love near you,And all that your heart may desire!

May God be with you and bless you,May you see your children's children,May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.May you know nothing but happinessFrom this day forward.

May God grant you many years to live,For sure He must be knowingThe earth has angels all too fewAnd heaven is overflowing.

May peace and plenty be the firstTo lift the latch to your door, And happiness be guided to your homeBy the candle of Christmas.

May you always have work for your hands to do. May your pockets hold always a coin or two.

May the sun shine bright on your windowpane. May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.

May the hand of a friend always be near you. And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

A Wedding Prayer
By the power that Christ brought from heaven, mayst thou love me. As the sun follows its course, mayst thou follow me. As light to the eye, as bread to the hungry, as joy to the heart, may thy presence be with me, oh one that I love, 'til death comes to part us asunder.

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