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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Before We Go to Bed
XCIII. John Norden
 
          The Lord will graunt his louing kindnes in the day, and in the night will wee sing of him, euen a prayer vnto the God of our life.    PSAL. 42. 8.

OH Father full of might and loue,
  Our castle and our stay,
Who rulest with thy power aboue
  The darkesome night and day.
 
The day is thine, the night also        5
  Thou rulest with thy hand;
Both which were made for man, we know,
  And so was sea and land.
 
The sea and land, and all the things
  Therein which thou hast plast,        10
Thou gauest vs, and made vs kings,
  To vse them till the last.
 
Which blessings, Lord, this day we haue
  Most richly had from thee:
Blesse eke this night, good Lord, wee craue;        15
  Keepe vs from danger free.
 
Preserue vs when our drowsie sleepe
  Our bodies shall possesse,
And let not Sathan creepe into,
  Nor our poore soules oppresse.        20
 
But let thy grace preuent his ire;
  Let nothing vs annoy;
Let faith preuaile, let him retire,
  And we good rest enjoy.

Tremble, and sin not, examine your owne hearts vpon your bed, and be still.    PS. 4. 4.
 
 
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