To sing yourself or your baby to sleep

Now rest beneath night’s shadow
The woodland, field and meadow,
The world in slumber lies.
But you, my heart, awaking
And prayer and music making,
Let praise to your creator rise.

The radiant sun has vanished,
Its golden rays are banished
From darkening skies of night;
But Christ, the sun of gladness,
Dispelling all our sadness,
Shines down on us in warmest light.

Now all the heavenly splendor
Breaks forth in starlight tender
From myriad worlds unknown,
And we, this marvel seeing,
Forget our selfish being
For joy of beauty not our own.

Lord Jesus since you love me,
Now spread your wings above me
And shield me from alarm.
Though satan would devour me,
Let angel guards sing over me:
This child of God shall meet no harm.

My loved ones, rest securely,
For God this night will surely
From peril guard your heads.
Sweet slumbers may he send you
And bid his hosts attend you
And through the night watch over your beds.

Paul Gerhardt, ‘Now rest beneath night’s shadow’ (Lutheran Worship Hymn # 485)

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