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" Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on. Four corners to my bed, Four angels round my head; One to watch and one to pray And two to bear my soul away. "
Notes and Queries - Seite 154
1909
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Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: Chiefly ..., Band 3

John Brand, Henry Ellis - 1849 - 520 Seiten
...And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." Sometimes this variation is heard : " Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on ; All the four corners round about, When I get in, when I get out."] Ady, in his Candle in the Dark,...
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Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales

James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps - 1849 - 308 Seiten
...1656, p. 58, gives the first two lines as having been used by an old woman in the time of Queen Mary. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on ! All the four corners round about, When I get in, when I get out ! The two following distiches were...
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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Band 69

1851
...Should a child, now-a-days, on lying down in bed, say, as children did say in our younger days — " Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on," there may be grounds for fear that, should ever the Government inspectors of schools hear of it, the...
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The Eminent Dead: Or, The Triumphs of Faith in the Dying Hour

Bradford Kinney Peirce - 1851 - 512 Seiten
...their children by the peasantry, are the goodly verses handed down from their popish ancestors: — " Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on," &c. The degree of ignorance on all Scriptural subjects, and of dull, uninquiring irreligiousness which...
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Life by the fireside, by the author of 'Visiting my relations'.

Mary Ann Kelty - 1853
...woman after gabbling as fast as she could, the not uncommon Terse amongst the lower orders, of, — ' Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on ; Four corners to my bed, Four angels round my head,' — went offinto a string of words, in which,...
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Life by the Fireside

Mary Ann Kelty - 1853 - 322 Seiten
...woman after gabbling as fast as she could, the not uncommon verse amongst the lower orders, of, — ' Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on ; Four corners to my bed, Four angels round my head,' — went off into a string of words, in which,...
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The Complete Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: With an Introductory ..., Band 3

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 1854
...the four Angels round my bed a'n't afraid of catching it 1' I suppose you know the old prayer : — * Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on !— Four good Angels round me spread, Two at my feet and two at my head.' This prayer I said nightly,...
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Westward Ho!: Or, The Voyages and Adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh ..., Band 1

Charles Kingsley - 1855
...in your little crib at Burrough, and said — " Four corners to my bed ; Four angels round my head ; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on." And who could doubt it, (if being pure themselves. they have instinctive sympathy with what is pure,)...
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Notes and Queries, Band 11

1855 - 674 Seiten
...Jesus, meek and mild, Look upon a little child, Pity my simplicity, And suffer me to come to thee. " Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on. Four corners to my bed, Six angels lying spread. " Two at head, and two at feet, And two to guard me...
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Oxford essays, by members of the University

Oxford essays - 1855
...rhyming prayer, of no very Protestant tendency — Four crosses to my bed, Four angels round my head ; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on — is a proof of the tenacity with which the popular memory retains the traces of versified theological...
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