May you get to Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead.
May you live all the days of your life.
~Irish blessing, also attributed to Jonathan Swift
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
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, 1749
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!
May the devil chase you every day of your life and never catch you.
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.
May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.
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.
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.
May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.
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.
May you live to be a hundred years
With one extra year to repent.
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.
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.
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.
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
Let all thy joys be as the month of May,
And all thy days be as a marriage day.
Here's to a long life and a merry one
A quick death and an easy oneA pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer and another one!
May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.
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.
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.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, "To Thomas Moore"
To the lamp of love: may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial.