To All Parents
you for a little while a child of mine" He said.
"For you to love the while she lives, & mourn for
when she's dead. "It may be six or seven years, or twenty
two or three, "But will you, till I call her back, take
care of her for me ? "She'll bring her charms to gladden
you, and shall her stay be brief, "You'll have her lovely
memories as solace for your grief.
promise she will stay, since all from earth return. "But
there are lessons taught down there I want this child to
learn. "I've looked the wide world over in my search for
teachers true "And from the throngs that crowd life's
lanes I have selected you. "Now will you give her all
your love, nor think the labor vain, "Nor hate me when I
come to call to take her back again ?"
I fancied that I
heard them say: "Dear Lord, Thy will be done! "For
the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
"We'll shelter her with tenderness, we'll love her while
we may, "And for the happiness we've known forever
grateful stay; "But shall the angels call for her much
sooner than we've planned, "We'll brave the bitter grief
that comes and try to understand.".
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