Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
Bless the bed that I lie on.
Four corners to my bed,
Four angels round my head;
One to watch, and one to pray,
And two to bear my soul away.


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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Matthäus, Markus, Lukas und Johann", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Bertram Kottmann

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Line count: 6
Word count: 36

Matthäus, Markus, Lukas und Johann
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Matthäus, Markus, Lukas und Johann
segnet mein Bett, dass ich schlafen kann.
Um mein Bett zur guten Nacht
halten treu vier Engel Wacht.
Einer zu beten, einer gibt acht,
zwei tragen meine Seele sacht.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-26
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Word count: 34