Tuesday, April 23

A Prayer for Womanhood

A Prayer for Womanhood

God, give each true good woman
Her own small house to keep

No heart should ache with longing
No hurt should go too deep

Grant her age-old desire
A house to love and sweep

Give her a man beside her
A kind man, and a true

And let them work together
And love, a lifetime through

And let her mother children
As gentle women do

Give her a shelf for dishes
And a shining box for bread

A white cloth for her table
And a white spread for her bed

A shaded lamp at nightfall
And a row of books much read

God, let her work with laughter
And let her rest with sleep

No life can truly offer
A peace more sure and deep

God, give each true woman
Her own small house to keep

~Grace Noll Crowell