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A Child Loaned

I値l lend you for a little time

A child of mine He said

For you to love the while he lives

And mourn for when he痴 dead.


It may be six or seven years

Or twenty-two or three

But will you, till I call him back

Take care of him for me?


He値l bring his charms to gladden you

And should his stay be brief

You値l have his lovely memories

As solace for your grief.


I cannot promise he will stay

Since all from earth return

But there are lessons taught down there

I want this child to learn.


I致e looked this wide world over

In my search for teachers true.

And from the throngs that crowd life痴 lanes

I have selected you.


Now will you give him all your love?

Not think the labour vain

Nor hate Me when I come to call

And take him back again.


I fancied that I hear them say

"Dear Lord, Thy will be done"

For all the joy thy child shall bring

The risk of grief we値l run.


We値l shelter him with tenderness

We値l love him while we may

And for the happiness we致e known

For ever grateful stay.


But should the angels call for him

Much sooner than we planned

We値l brave the bitter grief that comes

And try to understand.