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.