In the Night


Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Nocturnal Recitation

What might you recite
In the deep, dark dead of night
When ghosties and goblins
Come out in plain sight

When werewolves will howl
And banshees will scream
As children lie paralyzed
From nightmares and dreams

When zombies might rise
And walk right through town
While monsters might bump
But never be found

Is there anything spinning
Around in your head
That might bring you comfort
If it were said

Perhaps some special mantra
Or an incantation or spell
Might keep you from drifting
Into some hideous hell

But if you don’t mind
A simple suggestion from me
Try memorizing this short poem
I memorized when I was three

“Five little angels round my bed
One at the foot and one at the head
One to watch and one to pray
And one to take my fears away”

©2017 by William Pierce

The “Five Little Angels” poem mentioned above appears to have been written by Elsie Laraine Holding. My mother taught me this little poem as a child but I had not known who the author was until now. Strange isn’t, that we might recite something many years yet not fully understand even the simplest things about it.


You keep us in perfect peace. You are always with us and are always watching out for our every need. We praise You and thank You for every tender mercy. Please extend Your care and devotion to everyone who will read this prayer. Let Your love sweep over them and carry them away on a tidal wave that won’t stop until they are at home again with You.

May it all be so in the wonderful name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

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