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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
27. I Lie Down With God
 
By Eleanor Hull (Translated)
 
 
ILIE down with God, and may God lie down with me;
The right hand of God under my head,
The two hands of Mary round about me,
The cross of the nine white angels,
From the back of my head        5
To the sole of my feet.
May I not lie with evil,
And may evil not lie with me.
Anna, mother of Mary,
Mary, mother of Christ,        10
Elizabeth, mother of John Baptist,
I myself beseech these three
To keep the couch free from sickness.
The tree on which Christ suffered
Be between me and the heavy-lying— 1,        15
And any other thing that seeks my harm.
With the will of God and the aid of the glorious Virgin.
 
Note 1. The nightmare. [back]
 

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