Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

(A bed-time prayer for children, that doesn't invoke the possibility of dying.)


Now I lay me down to sleep,

This day is done, and mine to keep,

Tomorrow is another day,

For adventures, work, and play,

But now I'll rest, so I may be,

The best, tomorrow, I can be,


Turn out the lights,  prepare my bed,

For I've become a sleepy-head,

Soft's my pillow, snug's my nest, Dreamland is my only quest,

There to wander, peacefully,

Until tomorrow comes for me.



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Mindy Newton

Wed 10th Jul 2019 09:54

Thank you, John Nield. Always bothered me to say that, and then to see children reciting it just when they become most vulnerable and defenseless. What's corny to us can still be a fresh idea to a child.
My daughter and I recited this so many times we became conditioned to a big yawn at a certain place...

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Don Matthews

Wed 10th Jul 2019 09:36

At the risk of not addressing the poem in question

De Von 😛

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John Andrew Nield

Wed 10th Jul 2019 09:25

This is excellent , Mindy.... and ever so perceptive. Yes, this does shatter the Victorian child's default dread of 'losing their soul' during the night, by presenting them with the much more likely option of survival whilst also encouraging them to constantly strive for improvement. And all written in a child-friendly language. Love it!

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Mindy Newton

Tue 9th Jul 2019 11:31

Kind words much appreciated,
And De

Devon! you're split,
Like a schizo-
(Paranoid type.)

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Devon Brock

Tue 9th Jul 2019 10:56

Ah, I thought you said this doesn't invoke the possibility of dying. That last line is filled with dread. Subtle work 😃


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Don Matthews

Tue 9th Jul 2019 09:42

Good work Mindy....

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John Coopey

Tue 9th Jul 2019 08:01

Lovely poem, Mindy.

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Mindy Newton

Tue 9th Jul 2019 02:34

Yup.Thanks. For kids.

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Wayne McLellan

Mon 8th Jul 2019 23:55

Really nice rhyme for the children to recite before bedtime.



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