I’ll Lend You a Child

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I’ll lend you a little child of mine’ he said, ‘for you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he’s dead. he may be six or seven years or even two or three, but will you, till i call him back take care of him for me? he’ll bring his charm 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 lessons are taught down there I want this child to learn I’ve look the wide world over in search for teachers true and from the throng that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you now will you give him all you love nor think the labors vain, nor hate me when I come to call to take him back again?’

I fancied that I heard them say ‘dear lord thy will be done, for the joys the child shall bring the risk of grief we’ll run. we’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may And for the happiness we’ve known for ever grateful stay. but should the angels call him much sooner than we planned we’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.

~ “A Child Loaned” by Edgar Guest

Originally published at stillstandingbykristi.blogspot.com on October 16, 2015.