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

The beginning and end of one's life is to draw closer to the fire.

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

Like the goodness of the five loaves and two fishes, Which God divided among the five thousand men, May the blessing of the King who so divided Be upon our share of this common meal.

When the drop is inside, the sense is outside.

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When the cat is outside, the mouse does be dancing.

The future is not set, there is no fate but what we make for ourselves.

May the road rise up to meet you: You may recognize this popular blessing (in Irish Gaelic: Go n-éirí an bóthar leat) from Catholic weddings or cross-stitched pillows in Nan's house. One of the main characteristics of Celtic Christianity is the use of images of nature to show how God interacts with people. "May the road rise up to meet you/ May the wind be always at your back/ May the sun shine warm upon you face ..." uses everyday images to mean, may God remove obstacles in your journey through life.

'Tis only a stepmother would blame you: There's no need to be embarrassed or feel badly about committing a small offense, if the deed is so insignificant that only a jealous, belittling stepmother could find fault with you.

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