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Night Prayer [after Work], by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=50684 Night Prayer [after Work], by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895) 2023-05-08 16:24:49 "Night Prayer" was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=50550">Prayers for Jewish Working Girls</a></em> (1895), pp. 9-10. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Lilian Helen Montagu https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Labor, Fulfillment, and Parnasah Bedtime Shema 19th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 57th century A.M. Jewish Women's Prayers English vernacular prayer teḥinot in English paraliturgical hashkivenu West Central Girls' Club
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Night prayer.
Almighty God!—I thank Thee
for having brought me safely
to the end of another day,
during which I have witnessed
signs of Thy glorious power,
and felt Thy tender Fatherly love.
Help me to fight against terrifying thoughts.
Let me lie down in perfect peace
and rise up again to-morrow in good health.
Oh let me not be afraid!
On looking back on the day that is past,
I remember many duties that I have performed carelessly,
and many others that I have left altogether undone.
My Father,
I pray Thee to forgive me.
Thou hast so ordained our lives
that work and rest succeed one another—
rest to give us Strength to work,
and work to sweeten rest.
Lord, teach me to use my time well,
so that the flying years may not fill me
with bitter regrets.
As I lie down,
I think of my loved family,
sleeping near and round me.
Bless them,
guard them,
and preserve them.
Help me to do my duty to them all;
uphold me in the battle of life,
and when the time comes
for me to go to Thee,
let me deserve to be remembered
with love by those I leave behind.
Thou, my guardian,
who neither slumberest nor sleepest,
be Thou near me in this night
and I shall not fear.
I will both lay me down in peace and sleep;
for Thou, Lord, makest me dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8)

“Night Prayer” was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (1895), pp. 9-10.

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