Sunday, December 16, 2012

To All Parents - by Edgar Guest

A woman messaged me and told me I might like and want to share a poem that someone gave to her when her daughter died. Maybe it will help comfort those who are struggling right now.

To All Parents
"I'll lend you for a little while a child of mine," he said,"for you to love the while she lives and mourn for when she's dead. It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three, but will you,till I call her back, take care of her for me? She'll bring her charms to gladden you, and should her stay be brief, you'll have her lovely memories as solace for your grief."

"I cannot promise she 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 chosen you. Now will you give her all your love, nor think the labor vain, nor hate me when I come to call to take her back again?"

"I fancied that I heard them say,"Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done! For all the joy this child shall bring, the risk of grief will run. We'll shelter her with tenderness,we'll live her while we may, and for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay; but should the angels call for her much sooner than we've planned, we'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand!" 

By Edgar Guest

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