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Motto for a Front Hall
Nancy Byrd Turner


If you come cheerily,
Here shall be jest for you;
If you come wearily,
Here shall be rest for you.

If you come borrowing,
Gladly we’ll loan to you.
If you come sorrowing,
Love shall be shown to you.

Under our thatch, friend,
Place shall abide for you,
Touch but the latch, friend,
The door shall swing wide for you!

This poem is in the public domain.



Nancy Byrd Turner (1880 - 1971) was born in Virginia. A descendant of both Thomas Jefferson and Pocohantas, Nancy began writing poetry as a child. She studied to become a teacher, and did teach for a few years, but eventually she became a magazine editor. During the course of her career, she published 15 books, several songs, and her work appeared regularly in the leading magazines of her day. Late in her life, Nancy became a freelance writer and a popular lecturer.



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Ross Kightly:
A nigh-on perfect statement of why Hospitality to the Unknown Guest is regarded as a Cardinal Virtue in many societies. What a great boost to any day. Thank you.
Posted 08/31/2013 02:16 PM
So love, and so well-written!
Posted 08/30/2013 09:15 AM
What an unconditional invitation.
Posted 08/30/2013 07:28 AM
Friendship is so important. I shall listen to Nancy's songs if I can find them.
Posted 08/30/2013 05:43 AM

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