Christopher Graves

1970 Ė 1982

GODíS LENT CHILD


I'LL LEND YOU FOR A LITTLE WHILE
A CHILD OF MINE, GOD SAID
FOR YOU TO LOVE THE WHILE HE LIVES
AND MOURN FOR WHEN HE'S DEAD.

IT MAY BE SIX OR SEVEN YEARS
OR FORTY-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...SHOULD HIS STAY BE BRIEF...
YOU'LL HAVE HIS LOVELY MEMORIES
AS A SOLACE FOR YOUR GRIEF.

I CANNOT PROMISE HE WILL STAY,
SINCE ALL FOR FROM EARTH RETURNS;
BUT THERE ARE LESSONS TAUGHT BELOW,
I WANT THIS CHILD TO LEARN

I'VE LOOKED THE WHOLE WORLD OVER
IN MY SEARCH FOR TEACHER'S TRUE.
AND FROM THE THINGS THAT CROWD LIFE'S LANE
I HAVE CHOSE YOU.

NOW WILL YOU GIVE HIM ALL YOUR LOVE?
NOR THINK THE LABOR VAIN?
NOR HATE ME WHEN I COME TO TAKE
THIS LENT CHILD BACK AGAIN?

I FANCIED THAT I HEARD THEM SAY
DEAR LORD, THY WILL BE DONE
FOR ALL THE JOYS THY CHILD WILL BRING
THE RISK OF GRIEF WE'LL RUN

WE WILL SHELTER HIM WITH TENDERNESS,
WE'LL LOVE HIM WHILE WE MAY
AND FOR THE HAPPINESS WE HAVE KNOWN
FOREVER GRATEFUL STAY
.
BUT SHOULD THY ANGEL CALL FOR HIM,
MUCH SOONER THAN WE'VE PLANNED,
WE'LL BRAVE THE BITTER GRIEF THAT COMES
AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND


AUTHOR Edgar Guest


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