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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Night Prayer
By Florence Weisberg
THE BANDS of sleep fall on mine eyes,
  My lids in slumber close.
O Lord our God! I pray to Thee
  To guard me in repose.
O grant that I may lay me down        5
  In peace at fall of night,
And that in peace I may rise up
  To greet the rising light.
Let not my thoughts or evil dreams
  Or fancies trouble me,        10
Safe in Thy ever-watchful care
  My rest will perfect be.
Enlighten Thou mine eyes, O God!
  Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
O Thou, who givest life to all,        15
  From Thee we draw each breath.

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