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A Night Prayer to Our Blessed Mother
Night is falling dear Mother, long day O’er;
Before thy image I am kneeling once more
To thank thee for keeping me safe this day
To ask thee this night to keep evil away
Many times have I fallen Mother dear;
Many graces neglected since last I knelt here;
Wilt thou not in pity, my own mother mild
Ask Jesus to pardon the sins of thy child?
I am going to sleep now, days work is done;
Its hours and its moment have passed one by one.
God who will judge me, has counted them all;
He has numbered each grace, he has counted each fall;
I his book they are written against the last day.
Oh! Mother ask Jesus to wash them away.
For one drop of his blood for sinners was split
Is sufficient to cleanse the world to its guilt
And if er’ the dawn I should draw my last breath;
The sleep I take be the long sleep of death;
Be near me mother for dear Jesus’ sake.
When at eternity shore my soul shall awake.