Lord, Look Kindly On My Child (Saint Anselm of Canterbury)

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Lord, look kindly on my child

look kindly on my child,
so marvelously made,
fashioned by you from the womb.

Keep fear and trouble far away,
and any hand raised to harm
this child of mine.
And when life's storms come,
give my child rest,
as on a mother's breast.
In days to come
- which you alone know -
grant my child
eyes of faith for seeing far,
a loving heart for welcoming life,
hope that never despairs,
and a place always at your side.

O God,
I thank you for this precious gift,
and pray my child grows
wise and well.

"Train your children in the way they should go;
even when they are old, they will not swerve from it." --Proverbs 22,6