"I'll lend you for a little while a child of mine", God said.
"For you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he's gone.
It may be one or seven years- or twenty-two or three.
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you and should his stay be brief.
You'll 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'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 him all your love and not think the labor vain.
Nor hate me as I come to call to take him back again?
I fancied that I heard you say, "Dear God, Thy will be done.
For all the joy this child shall bring. The risk of grief I'll run".
I'll shelter him with tenderness. I'll love him while I may.
And for the happiness I've known. Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him much sooner than I'd planned.
I'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.
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