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Take up thy bed, to each he cries,
Who sick or wrapped in slumber lies :
And chaste and just and sober stand,
And watch : My coming is at hand.
With earnest cry, with tearful care,
Call we the Lord to hear our prayer,
While supplication, pure and deep,
Forbids each chastened heart to sleep.
Do thou, O Christ, our slumbers wake;
Do thou the chains of darkness break;
Purge thou our former sins away,
And in our souls new light display.
All laud to God the Father be,
All laud, eternal Son, to thee;
All laud, as is for ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

LORD, I thank thee for that thou hast

vouchsafed to keep me this night, through thy great mercy, and hast spared me to work in thy service through another day. And I beseech thee of thine infinite loving-kindness to give me grace, so to pass the day now coming in all lowliness ..... meekness .... chastity .... charity .... patience .... goodness . . . . fear .... and wariness . . . . that my service may please thee through Him who shall come to judge both the.quick and the dead and the world by fire. Keep and preserve me from all evil, from all stumbling and giving of offence, from all wilful sin, and from all the crafts and assaults of mine enemies both ghostly and bodily, both seen and unseen; and lead me, O Lord, by the safe guidance of thy. Holy

Spirit, that I may come at last to the joy of thy Heavenly kingdom, who livest and reignest one God, world without end. Amen.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep me this day without sin.

Direct my steps and my acts to-day in the paths of thy holiness.

Let thy righteousness be present to my weakness, that I fall into no mortal sin. Amen. (Here may be said any of the subjoined prayers, p.44,&c.)

FOR BED-TIME. * In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. OUR Father, which art in Heaven, Hal

I lowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

HYMN. Salvator mundi Domine.
Blessed Saviour, Lord of all,
Vouchsafe to hear us when we call ;

And now to those propitious be
That in prayer bow down to thee,

Still to be kept from misery.
Great Ruler of the day and night,
On our darkness cast thy light;

And let thy Passion pardon win
For what we have offended in

Thought, or word, or deed of sin.
And as thy mercy wipes away
What we have done amiss to-day,

So now that night returns again
Our bodies and our souls refrain

From spot or taint of sinful stain.
Let not dull sleep oppress our eyes,
Nor us the enemy surprise ;

Nor fearful dreams our minds affright,
While the blackness of the night

Holds from us the cheerful light.
To thee who dost by rest renew
Our wasted strength, we humbly sue

That when we shall unclose our eyes
Pure and chaste we may arise

To make our morning sacrifice.
Honour, Lord, to thee be done,
O thou Blessed Virgin's Son,

With the Father and the Spirit,
As is thine eternal merit,
Ever and ever to inherit. Amen.

PRAYER. ALMIGHTY Father, Everlasting God, I A thank thee for that thou of thine infinite goodness hast guarded me thine unworthy servant in safety and peace through this day, and hast protected me from the snares of the enemies both of my body and of my soul. And I pray thee that whatsoever sin I have committed to-day against thy precepts and commandments, by thought .... by speech .... or by deed .... this thou wilt wholly remit and pardon, of thy Fatherly kindness. Moreover, I pray and implore thee that thou wilt protect me

through this night too under the shadow of thy wings, and that of the same thy goodness and grace thou wilt mercifully defend and keep me from all danger of body and of soul, that my eyes may sleep in peace, my body may rest in safety, and my soul may ever watch for thee; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen. TIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, U O Lord, and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, for the love of thine only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Behold he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord guardeth thee, the Lord is thy protection.

The sun shall not burn thee by day, neither the moon by night.

I will lay me down in peace and take my rest. (Here may be said any of the subjoined prayers, p.45,&c.)

LORD God Almighty, to whom and

before whom all things are manifest and plain, who sufferest not a sparrow to light on the ground without thy providence, and who in times past by thy Holy Spirit didst guide our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in thy paths and ways; and against the going of young Tobias into a strange country didst provide thy holy Angel and messenger to be his guide: Grant unto me a sinner, whom by thy word thou dost encourage to call upon thee in all times of need and of necessity, that I may have thy Holy Spirit so to direct my paths and ways this day, that I may walk according to thy godly will and pleasure, to the profit of my neighbour, and the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

LORD Jesu Christ, who art the very

bright Sun of the world, ever rising, never setting, who with thy glad look engenderest, preservest, nourishest, and makest joyful all things that are in Heaven and earth: Shine favourably, I beseech thee, into my spirit, that the night of sin and mists of error being driven away by thy inward light I may walk all my life without stumbling and offence, seemly as in the daytime, being pure from the works of darkness. Grant this, O Lord, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

BEFORE GOING TO BED. LORD, who art only God, true, graU cious, and merciful, who commandest them that love thy Name to cast fear and care from them, and to cast it upon thee, promising most mercifully thyself to be their

light in darkness, and their guardian in the

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