School: An Chúil Árd (roll number 12587)

Coolard, Co. Kerry
Seán Ó Duilleáin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0401, Page 251

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Long ago when a person would do a good turn for another they would say this prayer. "May God and Mary bless you and may the Heavens be your bed."

"I lay my body down to sleep, to God I give my soul to keep and if I die before I wake, to God I give my soul to take. I must die I do not know when nor where nor how, but if I die in mortal sin I am lost forever. Jesus have mercy on us." At night this is always said. My uncle told it to me.

This is a prayer that was said long ago. "Ere the waning light decay, God of all to thee do we pray.

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