Do you want a good way to express your sympathy when a child of any age has died. This is the best poem / note that I received after the death of my grown son.
A CHILD OF MINE
by Edgar Guest
“I’ll lend you for a little time a child of Mine” He said,
“For you to love the while he lives, and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years or twenty-two or three.
But will you, till 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 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.
I’ve looked this wide world over in my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life’s 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 we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay,
But should the angels call for him much sooner than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to under stand.”
I hope that this will be of comfort and consolation to you or someone you know who has experienced a death of a child.
I enjoyed this poem and found comfort and piece of mind from it when it was sent to me and my wife.
Feel free to cut and paste the poem to a blank sheet of paper to send with a sympathy card that you may be sending. This is the way I received it.
This Edgar Guest poem is known by other names but “A Child Of Mine” seems to be the correct name. The other names are “To All Parents”, “I’ll Lend You A Child” and “Thy Will Be Done”.
Edgar Albert Guest lived from 1881–1959. Guest was born in England and later lived in Detroit working as a newsman and columnist for 60 years.