Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Guard me while I sleep tonight; And wake me safe at dawn's first light, For now I lay me down to sleep. Dear Lord, it's you my soul doth keep. God, bless out Mum, Bless Dad too. God help me to be true to you.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, written 18th cent. [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep", 2005 [mezzo-soprano and piano], from Nursery Rhymes and Children's Prayers, no. 8 [ sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2007-05-02
Line count: 11
Word count: 75