Saturday, January 6, 2018

"God within, and God without..."

The last four lines of the prayer are a variant of one I prayed when young but the rest of this bedtime prayer was unfamiliar to me.


PRAYER AT BEDTIME

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,
Bless the bed that I lie on.
Four corners to my bed,
Four Angels there be spread:
One at the head, one at the feet,
And two to guard me while I sleep.
God within, and God without,
And Jesus Christ all round about;
If any danger come to me,
Sweet Jesus Christ deliver me.
Before I lay me down to sleep
I give my soul to Christ to keep;
And if I die before I wake,
I pray that Christ my soul will take.,