Lord Jesus Christ, now draws the close of day;
Make me this night close by Thy side to stay;
Upon Thy Sacred Heart O let me rest,
And like Saint John lay my head on Thy breast.
O Sacred Heart, Who doth the world sustain,
As I do sleep let me in Thee remain;
Be Thou my comfort and my refuge still!
Save me! Love me! And keep me from all ill!
O Sacred Heart, Desire of all the Blessed,
Hold in Thy keeping all those in distress;
Shield Thou the joyous; Comfort those who weep;
Care for the sick; Watch o’er all those who sleep!
To all the weary, give rest; Help the poor,
And all the dying bring to Thee e’ermore!
All those who labour, watch and pray this night,
Do Thou protect them, O Unwaning Light!
When, O Lord Christ, I fall asleep in death,
May I in Thee find my eternal rest,
That within the vast ocean of Thy love,
I in communion blest e’er live above!