Christ [be] with me, Christ before me, Christ after me, Christ in me, Christ under me, Christ over me, Christ at my right side, Christ at my left side, Christ at this side, Christ at that side, Christ at my back.
Now. Do love.
Love [be] with me, Love before me, Love after me, Love in me, Love under me, Love over me, Love at my right side, Love at my left side Love at this side Love at that side Love at my back.
‘The first significant singing translation and adaptation of this prayer was composed by the wife of a Church of England clergyman, Mrs. Cecil Francis Alexander (1818-1895), as “I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity” (1869). The result was a lengthy hymn with many stanzas and a multipart musical setting of an Irish melody, given the name ST. PATRICK by the eminent Irish musician Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924), who arranged it in 1902.’
‘Legend holds that St. Patrick used the shamrock to underscore his explanation of the Trinity to nonbelievers, and many images depict him holding a shamrock in one hand.’