Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John | Song for Kids

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John” Lyrics

No matter how old we are, we always feel protective and safe under the arms of our mothers. Even if it is about spending some leisure time with them their presence in the house makes our heart full of joy and happiness. Whether it is about going to the bed at night and waking up early in the morning, seeing mother’s face energies us with a huge energy and a big smile. And all of the above, we also enjoy bedtime rhymes and stories with them.

Recreating some beautiful movements with our lovable mothers, we have introduced a rhyme that is not only a lullaby but also a prayer referred to historical traditions.  

The bedtime story, we are going to introduce here is Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John Poem. This nursery rhyme is not only a pleasant lullaby but also a prayer signifying the tradition of Jewish people.


Let’s further explore the story behind the making of this beautiful rhyme:


The prayer belongs to ancient origins. Earlier it was echoed by Jewish people during the medieval period. The words that were admired as a bedtime song or prayer follow as:

“In the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, may Michael be at my right hand; Gabriel at my left; Uriel before me; Raphael behind me and the Shekhinah of God be above my head”

During that time, such words were like blessing one’s self with God or the creator of the universe. It was referred to as ancient Babylonian prayers.

Its English version can be traced back to the mid of 16th century. English Protestants gave this prayer a name of popish or magical charm.


Matthew, Mark, Luke and John Bedtime Song


Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
Bless the bed that I lie on.
Four corners to my bed,
Four angels round my head;
One to watch and one to pray
And two to bear my soul away.

This poem had been a great source of inspiration for literary works done so far. The melodious music on the text of this lullaby was one of the commendable works of Gustav Holst.

The first official record of the rhyme can be seen in the book publication of A Candle in the Dark (1656).


Version of the Matthew, Mark, Luke and John Rhyme


  1. Four newks in this house, for haly Angels,

    A post in the midst, that’s Christ Jesus,

    Lucas, Marcus, Matthew, Joannes,

    God be into this house, and all that belangs us.


  1. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,

    Bless the bed that I lye on.

    And blessed Guardian-Angel keep

    Me safe from danger whilst I sleep.


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