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I WILL lift up my
hands by night in the sanctuary, and will praise the · Lord.
The Lord hath commanded his loving-kindness in the day-time, and in the night season also my song shall be of him, and my prayer unto the Lord of my life.
As long as I live will I magnify thee on this manner, and lift up my hands in thy name.
O let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
; BLESSED art thou, O Lord our God, and the God of our Fathers, who hast ordained the successions of light and darkness; who makest thy Saints to rejoice upon their beds; who hast delivered me from the perils of this day, and not cut off my life like a weaver's web, nor yasted me with pining sickness from morning until night.
MEDITATIONs and Prayers
WEARIed with the labours and. cares of the past day, I come to thee, my God, for quiet and repose, and new supplies of strength to drooping nature.
Lighten, mine eyes, that I sleep.: not in death.
Defend me from the terrors of the night, and from the pestilence that walketh in dark
O thou keeper of Israel, that neither slumberest nor sleepest, preserve me this night from all manner of evil; yea, do even thou preserve :
Visit me also with the favour which thou bearest unto thy chosen ; and teach me thy will in the visions of the night.
Or if I be not (as I confess I am not) worthy of so distinguishing a favour, yet, О most kind and merciful Lord, let this season of rest be an entire cessation to me, as well from sin as from labour and sorrow; and suffer not any thouglit to surprise my unguarded mind, which is capable either of displeasing thee, or of defiling me.
Let not the follies of sensual pleasure abuse me, but my reins rather chasten me in the night season; that my sleep may be perfectly composed and pure, quiet
from every worldly and wicked imagination. And do thou, Lord, drive away all suggestions of the Devil or the flesh.
Thou beholdest the wakefulness of mine enemies, which attack me unseen, and my weakness to resist them is not hid from thee; who knowest whereof my nature is made, and rememberest that I am but feeble dust and ashes.
Take me then under the covering of thy wings, and let thy lovingkindness and thy truth always pre
And, after such refreshment as thou seest proper for me, raise thou me up again to make my prayer in a time when thou mayest be