This poem simply touches my heart!
For All Parents
I'll lend you for a little time,
A child of mine he
For you to love the while he lives,
And mourn when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years,
twenty two or three.
But will you, 'til I call him back,
Take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden
And shall 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.
searched the wide world over,
In my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labor vain.
Nor hate me when I come to call,
take him back again?
I fancied that I heard them say,
Dear Lord, thy will be done.
For all the joy thy child
The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may.
for the happiness we've known,
Will ever grateful stay.
But shall the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
.....And try to understand.
By...Edgar A Guest
This poem is from the book
All In A Lifetime
Edgar A. Guest, Copyright 1938
The Reilly & Lee Co., Chicago