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Morning Prayer for Children, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

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O God! Thy goodness now I praise
That did Thy child securely keep;
My grateful heart and eyes I raise
To Thee who call’st me up from sleep.

O God! be Thou my helping friend,
And guide me in the way of night;
From ev’ry sin my life defend
Send to my soul Thy heav’nly light.

My parents, brothers, sisters dear
Protect and shield beneath Thy love;
Awake or ‘sleep, Thou, God, art near,
To grant Thy blessings from above.

And pure as I commence this day,
May I conclude it joyfully, —
With deeds that never pass away,
But last unto eternity.

“Morning Prayer for Children” is one of thirty prayers appearing in Rabbi Moritz Mayer’s collection of tehinot, Hours of Devotion (1866), of uncertain provenance and which he may have written. –Aharon Varady

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