The Child Goes to Bed

Book Title: Des menschen begin, midden en einde : vertoonende het kinderlyk bedryf en aanwasch in eenenvyftig konstige figuuren, met goddelyke spreuken en stichtelyke verzen / door Joannes Luiken ; met het leven van den autheur

Author: Luiken, Jan, 1649-1712

Image Title: The Child Goes to Bed

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Description: In a bedroom lit by a candle, a mother helps her child put on his night clothes, while a small child who is already in bed watches. A second woman stands in the hallway with her back to this scene. The Dutch artist and poet Jan Luiken (1649-1712) was responsible for drawing and etching this emblem and for the brief poem that accompanies it (below). The attendant Scripture texts are Ps 3:5; 4:8; 91:1-6; and 121:4.

Do not follow thy fancy or desire,
So that thy heart will always remain in peace.

If the little Child is pious and upright,
And doesn’t play with naughty boys,
Then in the darkness he may,
After his prayer, go to sleep in peace;
For he who in Youth pursues Virtue,
Is guarded by the Angels.

(Translation by Josephine V. Brown, with editorial assistance from William G. Stryker)

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