Charles Dickens

(7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870 / Landport, Portsea)

A Child's Hymn - Poem by Charles Dickens

Hear my prayer, O heavenly Father,
Ere I lay me down to sleep;
Bid Thy angels, pure and holy,
Round my bed their vigil keep.

My sins are heavy, but Thy mercy
Far outweighs them, every one;
Down before Thy cross I cast them,
Trusting in Thy help alone.

Keep me through this night of peril
Underneath its boundless shade;
Take me to Thy rest, I pray Thee,
When my pilgrimage is made.

None shall measure out Thy patience
By the span of human thought;
None shall bound the tender mercies
Which Thy Holy Son has bought.

Pardon all my past transgressions,
Give me strength for days to come;
Guide and guard me with Thy blessing
Till Thy angels bid me home.

Comments about A Child's Hymn by Charles Dickens

  • Frederick Kesner (3/8/2018 10:36:00 PM)

    A prayer in verse form makes it easer to put to memory and gives an added pleasure to recite. (Report) Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (12/2/2016 10:00:00 PM)

    The Angels would surely guide and guard the little child and bestow ample blessings!
    Charles Dickens, a great author with a lovely prayer!
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/2/2016 5:54:00 PM)

    Hear my prayer, O heavenly Father,
    Ere I lay me down to sleep;
    Bid Thy angels, pure and holy,
    Round my bed their vigil keep.

    Humble prayer before the Almighty Father.....
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  • Seamus O Brian (12/2/2016 2:21:00 PM)

    No matter how accomplished we are, no matter how gray our beards or sage our thoughts, no matter the trophies upon our shelves or lines in our resumé; before the Almighty we are all children casting up our humble prayers for 'tender mercies' in the difficulties of this life. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/2/2016 11:42:00 AM)

    Fantastic Prayer
    Nicely written, Almighty is great, we all follow His instructions.10 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/2/2016 11:15:00 AM)

    Past life
    Transgressions! ! To overcome them and be positive today. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (12/2/2016 3:19:00 AM)

    All are children of the holy Father only....this poem is a child's prayer who is an aged poet....marvelous (Report) Reply

  • Johnmark O Okechukwu (12/2/2016 3:13:00 AM)

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    OMG! Great... Absolutely, the father's pleasure to grant such request from deep down the heart! Do rest on the father's bosom after your pilgrimage here. Amen! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (12/2/2016 1:45:00 AM)

    Master of English novel has rarely written this hymn supposed to be prayed before going to bed just like an elderly child! Wonderful poem to read! (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry James Mclain (12/2/2016 12:36:00 AM)

    It was a very brutal time
    that he lived in
    where children worked
    in inhumane conditions
    and thousands died.. iip
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  • (1/12/2016 8:00:00 AM)

    Dickens is one of the best human's that ever lived! His poems and stories helped the rich victorians develop a better attitude concerning the filthy poor. Great and gentle poem (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Sharp (1/4/2015 8:16:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem could not of said it better! If I said it myself (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 4, 2010

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