When Shining Stars Their Vigils Keep

When shining stars their vigils keep,
And all the world is hushed in sleep,
‘Tis then I breathe this pray’r so deep
God bless my boy tonight.

God bless my boy, oh, bless my boy,
And keep his footsteps right;
God bless my boy, oh, bless my boy,
God save my boy tonight.

I know not where his head my lie,
Perchance beneath the open sky ;
But this I ween, God’s watchful eye
Can see my boy tonight. [Refrain]

As pass the days, the months and years,
With all the change, the hopes and fears,
God make each step of duty clear,
And keep his honor bright. [Refrain]

And when at last his work is o’er,
And earthy toil shall be no more,
May angels guide him to the shore
Where there shall be no night. [Refrain]