McGuffey Reader and Poetry Story 35

STORY XXXV THE LORD’S PRAYER

1. Our Father in heaven,
We hallow thy name;
May thy kingdom
holy on earth be the same;
Oh, give to us daily,
Our portion of bread;
It is from thy bounty
that all must be fed.

2. Forgive our transgressions.
And teach us to know
the humble compassion
that pardons each foe;
Keep us from temptation,
From weakness and sin,
And thine be the glory
Forever! Amen!

AN EVENING PRAYER.

1
Before I close my eyes to sleep,
Lord, hear my evening prayer,
and deign a helpless child to keep,
With thy protecting care.
2
Though young in years,
I have been taught
Thy name to love and fear;
Of thee to think with solemn thought,
Thy goodness to revere.
3
That goodness gives each simple flower
its scent and beauty, too;
And feeds it in night’s darkest hour
with heaven’s refreshing dew.
4
The little birds that sing all day
in many a leafy wood,
by thee are clothed in plumage gay,
By thee supplied with food.
5
And when at night they cease to sing,
By thee protected still,
their young ones sleep beneath their wing,
Secure from every ill.
6
Thus may’st thou guard with gracious arm
The bed whereon I lie,
and keep a child from every harm
by thine own watchful eye.

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