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First Line: Ere on my bed my limbs I lay
Last Line: Awake to thy eternal day! Amen.
Subject(s): Love; Prayer; Sleep

Ere on my bed my limbs I lay,
God grant me grace my prayers to say!
O God, preserve my mother dear
In strength and health for many a year.
And. O! preserve my father too,
And may I pay him reverence due;
And may I my best thoughts employ
To be my parents' hope and joy!
And O! preserve my brothers both
From evil doings and from sloth.
And may we always love each other,
Our friends, our father, and our mother!
And still, O Lord, to me impart
An innocent and grateful heart,
That after my last sleep I may
Awake to Thy eternal day! Amen.

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