Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

A Child's Evening Prayer


Ere on my bed my limbs I lay,
God grant me grace my prayers to say:
O God! preserve my mother dear
In strength and health for many a year;
And, O! preserve my father too,
And may I pay him reverence due;
And may I my best thoughts employ
To be my parents' hope and joy;
And, O! preserve my brothers both
From evil doings and from sloth,
And may we always love each other,
Our friends, our father, and our mother,
And still, O Lord, to me impart
An innocent and grateful heart,
That after my last steep I may
Awake to thy eternal day! Amen.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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  • Kimberly Jasmine (11/22/2012 10:14:00 PM)

    I love this. It is so pure like a child's prayer and the off rhyme shows the innocent mistake that a child can make. I love this as a general evening prayer even for me to say. (Report) Reply

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