Hymn of the week – reflecting on sleep

If Jesus is truly Lord of all of life, surely we’d expect to find prayers and hymns that reflect on all of life. So today I bring you a hymn about sleep.  We sometimes used to sing this to close church prayer meetings at one church I attended – and it seemed to me to be a good prayer to close the day with.  I think an extra verse could be added for parents of young children requesting that they might sleep soundly also!

1. Glory, to thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light,
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Under thine own Almighty wings.

2. Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
Whatever ills this day I’ve done;
That with the world, myself and thee,
I e’er (before) I sleep, at peace may be.

3. Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed;
Teach me to die, that so I may
Triumphing rise at the last day.

4. O may my soul on thee repose,
And may sweet sleep mine eye-lids close;
Sleep that shall me more vigorous make,
To serve my God when I awake.

5. Let my blest Guardian, while I sleep,
Close to my bed his vigils keep;
Let no vain dreams disturb my rest,
Nor powers of darkness me molest.

6. Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
(Thomas Ken)


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