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Blessings and Toasts



A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
~Irish blessing


May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!
~Irish blessing


May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door. ~Irish toast


As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point your way. ~Author unknown, c. 1940s


Happy are we met,
Happy have we been,
Happy may we part,
Happy meet again.
~"Toasts and Sentiments," The Goldfinch: or, New Modern Songster. Being a Select Collection of the Most Admired and Favourite Scots and English Songs, Cantatas, &c., 1782


May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions. ~Arnold H. Glasow (1905–1999)


May those that love us, love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping.
~Irish blessing


May every hair of your head be a wax candle to light you into glory, and may you be in heaven ten minutes before the devil knows you are dead. ~Irish blessing


May the road lie easy before you
and the wind be always at your back;
may there always be a glass of whiskey
to warm you when the wind blows chill;
and may you get to heaven half an hour
before the devil knows you're dead.
~Irish blessing


May you be in heaven twenty years before the devil knows you're dead! ~Irish blessing


May your soul be in heaven before the devil knows you're dead. ~Irish blessing


May the devil chase you every day of your life and never catch you. ~Irish toast


May all the blessings of heaven rain down upon you and yours. ~Irish blessing


May God grant you many years to live,
For sure He must be knowing
The earth has angels all too few
And Heaven is overflowing.
~Irish blessing


...may you live all the days of your life. ~Jonathan Swift


Dii tibi dent annos, de te nam cætera sumes... With the variation of one word only, I will with great truth say it to you. I will make the first part conditional, by changing, in the second, the nam into si. May you live, as long as you are fit to live, but no longer! or, may you rather die before you cease to be fit to live, than after! ~Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, letter to his son, 1749  [translation of the Latin saying: "May the gods prolong your life, for other things you must get from yourself." —tg]


May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.
~Irish blessing


May you live a hundred years and a day longer. ~Irish blessing


May you live to be a hundred years
With one extra year to repent.
~Author unknown


A little bit of sunshine
And the mellow of the moon,
Then the silver dust of starshine,
With the perfumed breath of June,
And the glisten of the skyways
Through their endless lanes of blue:
That's my wish for thee and thy days,
And I'm praying 'twill come true.
~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973), "A Bit o' Heaven," Rainbow Verse: A Book of Helpful Sunny Philosophy, 1919


May we hold every day sacred. ~Charles F. Raymond, "A Petition," Just Be Glad, 1907


May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.
~Irish blessing


May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks
May your heart be as light as a song
May each day bring you bright
Happy hours that stay with you all the year long.
~Irish blessing


May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.
~Irish blessing


May the roof above us never fall in
And may we good companions beneath it never fall out.
~Irish blessing


May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it. ~Irish blessing


Live happy: May thy joys be never done,
But let one blessing draw another on.
O may thy better Angel watch and Ward
Thy soul; and pitch an everlasting guard
About the Portals of thy tender heart,
And shower down blessings whereso'er thou art,
Let all thy joys be as the Month of May,
And all thy days be as the marriage day.
Let sorrow, sickness, and a troubled mind
Be strangers to thee; let them never find
Thy heart at home. Let Fortune still allot
Such lawless guests to those that love thee not;
And let those blessings which shall wanting be
To such as merit none, alight on thee...
~Francis Quarles, Argalus and Parthenia, 1629


May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
~Irish blessing


May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish blessing


May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends. ~Author unknown


To the lamp of love: may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial. ~Author unknown


May the blessing of Light be on you,
light without and light within...
~Irish blessing


As we turn down the light each night... May we have some little memory to mark the day. ~Charles F. Raymond, "A Desire," Just Be Glad, 1907


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.
~Irish blessing


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


Here's a sigh to those who love me,
And a smile to those who hate;
And, whatever sky's above me,
Here's a heart for every fate.
~Lord Byron, "To Thomas Moore," 1817


May your life someday be as awesome as you pretend it is on Instagram. ~Internet blessing





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