In his own time, Patrick was simply a Christian ~ as we all are. He was a dynamic, courageous, creative, sold-out man of God. I admire that in any confessing Christian. Having lived through kidnapping as a Scottish teen & thrown into slavery in Ireland, growing close to God through the lessons of nature, escaping the slavery he was thrown into, & after formal Biblical teaching HE WENT BACK to evangelize the Irish people. (Click HERE to read an earlier post I did about the story of Patrick's life.)
All that to lead you to a prayer that legend has it was said by Patrick. The legend says that he was on his way to the high king's seat at Tara, where he was to confront the pagan religion. Assassins were a-waiting Patrick & his companions, but as he chanted this hymn (as in the old Jewish custom, most hymns were chanted & not sung), the hidden assessins reported that a herd of deer were walking by & so they were thwarted the opportunity to kill Patrick.
This prayer is a lovely morning devotional . . .