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A Child's Prayer For Me, For All Times

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

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    What an inspiration you are! emoticon
    1871 days ago
    I agree Julia, the last two lines are kinda morbid. emoticon
    1881 days ago
    Beautiful! I would say the first version as a young child. When I had children I changed the last two lines. I think memorized prayers and traditions are good things. Thanks for your blog.
    1882 days ago
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