Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Poem by Edgar A. Guest

Daniel on a particular Halloween as Charlie Chaplin

For All Parents ~ by Edgar A. Guest
I'll lend you for a little time,
A child of mine he said.
For you to love there as he lives
And mourn when he is 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 shall 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 searched the 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 shall the angels call for him
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.


  1. I keep remembering his favourite tune, a parody that he had made up of "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider".

    "The itsy-bitsy spider, walking down the street. Down came the rain and washed the spiders' feet!"

  2. I had long since forgotten this particular parody. Thankyou for posting it. All his life he penned inventive lyrics to popular tunes. I will miss this.


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