Prayer for a Friend


Nighttime Blessing

If I could grant you any wish,
The best, most precious
Gift of all
Would be a night--
A long, full night--
Of dreamless,
Unbroken
Sleep.

I would guard
With my sword
This Child Prince
Who lies awake
Startling at every sound.

They would fear me,
All your demons,
For awesome am I
As I stand so challenged.

I drive them away:
Wraiths and Devils,
Vampyres and Thugs,
And every one of the
Nameless Things
Which affright you
In the night.

And if I should be
So slack as to doze,
And you cry in the night
And I fail to hear,
Hold fast to my talisman
There in your hand.
It may call down
Saints and angels,
May urge them to whisper
Sweet lullabies.
Lullabies I would sing you,
If only I could,
At the proper time.

If you strain
To hear and see,
But fail,
Remember the stone
And hold it fast.
It shields you as surely
As I myself,
A bit of my heart
Clutched in your fist.

Now sleep,
Child Prince,
For "all will be well,
And all will be well,
And all manner of things
Will be well…"

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C.P. Warner
(with a little help from Julian of Norwich...)
© 24 June 2000

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