A Child of Mine (female)

I’ll loan to you for a little time a child of mine, He said

For you to love while she lives and mourn for when she’s dead

She may be six or seven years or twenty-two or three

But will you till I call for her 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

1 cannot promise she will stay since all from Earth return

But there are some lessons taught down there

I want this child to learn

I’ve looked this wide world over in my search for teachers true

And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes - I’ve selected you

Now will you give her all your love? Not think the labor vain?

Not hate me when I come to call to take her home again?

I fancied that I heard them say; “Dear Lord, Thy Will Be Done” For all the joys this child will bring the risk of grief we’ll run We’ll shelter her with tenderness. We’ll love her while we may

And for the happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay

But should the angels call for her much sooner then we planned

We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand