"I'll lend to you for a little time
A child of mine," God said
"For you to love while she lives
And to 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 should her stay be brief
You'll have these precious memories
To comfort you through grief."
"I cannot 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 this world over
In my search for teachers true
In the crowds of this great land
I have selected you."
"Now will you give her all your love
Not think the labor vain
Nor hate me when I come to call
To take her back again?"
It seems to me I heard them say
"Dear Lord, thy will be done.
For all the joys a 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."
"And should the angels call for her
Much sooner than we've planned
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand."
- Edgar A. Guest -