Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world we pray,
That you, with love and lasting light,
Would guard us through the hours of night.
From all ill dreams defend our eyes,
From nightly fears and fantasies;
Redeem through us our evil foe,
That we no lasting harm may know.
O wisest Guide, grant all we ask,
Fulfill in us your holy task,
Surround us with your love and care,
And lead us on, your life to share.
All praise to God, sustaining us,
Redeeming and transforming us,
Thanksgiving in eternity,
All praise, beloved God to thee.
–From “A New Zealand Prayer Book”, p. 177