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Rune of St Patrick

At Tara today in this fateful hour
I place all heaven with its power,
and the sun with its brightness,
and the snow with its whiteness,
and fire with all the strength it hath,
and lightning with its rapid wrath,
and the winds with their swiftness along their path,
and the sea with its deepness,
and the rocks with their steepness
and the earth with its starkness:
all these I place,
by God's almighty help and grace,
between myself and the powers of darkness.

fateful (adj): important, but usually refers to negative results
hath (verb): has
wrath (noun): anger
swiftness (noun): quickness
steepness (noun): related to a high angle
starkness (noun): the state of being cold and empty
Traditionally ascribed to Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland