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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: II. For Children
Child’s Evening Hymn
Sabine Baring-Gould (1834–1924)
 
NOW the day is over,
  Night is drawing nigh,
Shadows of the evening
  Steal across the sky.
 
Now the darkness gathers,        5
  Stars begin to peep,
Birds and beasts and flowers
  Soon will be asleep.
 
Jesu, give the weary
  Calm and sweet repose;        10
With thy tenderest blessing
  May our eyelids close.
 
Grant to little children
  Visions bright of thee;
Guard the sailors tossing        15
  On the deep blue sea.
 
Comfort every sufferer
  Watching late in pain;
Those who plan some evil
  From their sin restrain.        20
 
Through the long night-watches
  May thine angels spread
Their white wings above me,
  Watching round my bed.
 
When the morning wakens,        25
  Then may I arise
Pure and fresh and sinless
  In thy holy eyes.
 
Glory to the Father,
  Glory to the Son,        30
And to thee, blessed Spirit,
  Whilst all ages run. AMEN.
 
 
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