Grace before sleep

Grace before sleep

Not against witch and warlock , ghoul and sprite ,
We pray Thee to protect our home tonight :
Faith proofs these walls against each evil charm
That those who sleep within may fear no harm .

Not against fire and tempest , plague and sword ,
We pray Thee to defend our dwelling , Lord :
Ready at need such perils to endure ,
In Thy good providence we rest secure .

From pride , from envy , from the spirit’s rust ,
From greed of food or gain, from wrath , from lust ,
We pray Thee , Lord our souls to cleanse and keep :
Then all within these walls may safely sleep .

for October 1952