Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The following is a child's prayer taken from an essay in " The Spectator" , March 8, 1711, written by Joseph Addison. A later version appeared in "The New England Primer in the 18th century. My mom taught me to say this prayer at bedtime when I was a little girl, at about 5 years old and I grew to treasure it as I outgrew it over the many years past my 12th birthday- I am 63.
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.
Some variations on the last two lines -
Angels watch me through the night
And wake me with the morning light
And keep me safe
Til morning light
If I should live for other days
I pray the Lord to guide my ways
And finally an alternate version from"Belief Net in the 18th century
Father unto thee I pray
Thou has guarded me all day
Safe I am while in Thy sight
Safely let me sleep tonight.
Bless my friends, the whole world bless
Help me learn helpfulness,
Keep me ever in Thy sight
So to all I say good night