All praise to thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light;
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Beneath thine own almighty wings.
Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
The ills that I this day have done;
That with the world, myself, and thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.
O may my soul on thee repose,
And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close;
Sleep that may me more vig'rous make
To serve my God when I awake.
When in the night I sleepless lie,
My soul with heav'nly thoughts supply;
Let no ill dreams disturb my rest,
No pow'rs of darkness me molest.
O when shall I in endless day
For ever chase dark sleep away,
And hymns with the supernal choir
Incessant sing, and never tire!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heav'nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
We sang this little gem last night as we closed our evening service. It is a delightful prayer, appropriate as you are just heading off to bed. Notice it closes with the doxology, which also provides a familiar tune to which to sing it. Words are by Thomas Ken, ~1674. This version is taken from the Trinity Hymnal.* You'll find praise for the blessings of this day; seeking forgiveness for the sins of this day; a prayer for sweet rest and sweet thoughts and protection whether we can sleep or not; anticipation of eternity; and of course the doxology. Enjoy, and make it your prayer! (And by the way, supernal can mean heavenly or celestial.)
*I got the text for this from a helpful online resource for the Trinity Hymnal.
Some miscellaneous musings from Pastor Aaron.
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