I Laid Me Down
I laid me down to sleep,
Not knowing that the wolf walked near.
I laid me down and sleep
Came no more. Hellfire in the wolf’s
eye is too bright and sleeps
not and forbids me sleep.
I laid me down and slept—
One Shepherd sees through night and
He sees the wolf who does not
And will not understand this light and will not—
Cannot draw one step closer.
It was in vain for me to wake, to
Rise early and run, empty to try staying
The wolf with darting wakeful eye,
To eat my bread in snatching fear.
I lay me down
Because He gave
His beloved sleep.