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

Scripture Reference:

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.


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

Poem:
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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