To All Parents

"I'll lend you for a little time, a child of mine" He said

For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he is dead.

It may be six or seven years, or 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 you, and shall his stay be brief,

You'll have his lovely memories as solice 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 the crowd life lanes, I have selected you.

Now will you give him all your love,

Nor think the labor 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 all the joy, thy child shall bring,

The risk of grief will run,

We'll shelter him with tenderness,

We'll love him while we may,

And for the happiness we've known,

Will ever grateful stay,

But shall the angels call for him,

much sooner than we planned,

We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,

And try to understand.

Author Unknown