John Drinkwater


For a Guest Room

All words are said,
And may it fall
That, crowning these,
You here shall find
A friendly bed,
A sheltering wall,
Your body's ease,
A quiet mind.


May you forget
In happy sleep
The world that still
You hold as friend,
And may it yet
Be ours to keep
Your friendly will
To the world's end.


For he is blest
Who, fixed to shun
All evil, when
The worst is known
Counts, east and west,
When life is done,
His debts to men
In love alone.