Prayer For This House

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Louis Untermeyer

May nothing evil cross this door, 
And may ill fortune never pry 
About these windows; may the roar 
And rain go by.

Strengthened by faith, these rafters will 
Withstand the batt'ring of the storm; 
This hearth, though all the world grow chill, 
Will keep us warm.

Peace shall walk softly through these rooms, 
Touching our lips with holy wine, 
Till ev'ry casual corner blooms 
Into a shrine.

Laughter shall drown the raucous shout; 
And, though these shelt'ring walls are thin, 
May they be strong to keep hate out 
And hold love in.