Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me;
Bless Thy little lamb tonight;
Through the darkness be Thou near me,
Watch my sleep till morning light.
All this day Thy hand has led me,
And I thank Thee for Thy care;
Thou has warmed and clothed and fed me;
Listen to my evening prayer.
– Mary L. Duncan
Lord, teach me all that I should know;
In grace and wisdom I may grow;
The more I learn to do thy will,
The better I may I love Thee still.
– Isaac Watts
O God, make us children of quietness and heirs of peace.
– St. Clement (a parent’s prayer disguised as a child’s prayer)
What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring Him a lamb.
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part —
Yet what can I give Him,
Give my heart.
– Christina Rosetti
I see the moon,
And the moon sees me;
God bless the moon,
And God bless me.
God made the world so broad and grand,
Filled with blessings from God’s hand.
God made the sky so high and blue,
And all the little children, too.
Peace be to this house
And to all who dwell in it.
Peace be to them that enter
And to them that depart.
God bless this house from thatch to floor,
The twelve apostles guard the door;
Four angels to my bed;
Gabriel stands at the head,
John and Peter at the feet,
All to watch me while I sleep.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray, Thee, Lord, my soul to keep.
Thy love guard me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.
O Father, my hope
O Son, my refuge
O Holy Spirit, my protection.
Holy Trinity, glory to Thee.
– Eastern Orthodox, Compline