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In memory of and for the parents of dear little Alissa Martin-Travers whose short five years of life were so tragically and cruelly ended last week. Edgar Guest penned these beautiful words of comfort, hope and faith after the death of one of his children.

I’ll Lend You A Child
by Edgar Guest

“I’ll lend you for a little time

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 smiles 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 this whole world over
In search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd Life’s lanes,

I have selected you.

Now will you give her all your love,
Nor count the labour 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 Thy child shall 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 than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand.”

I pray that God will give the family the grace to endure the pain of this terrible loss.

May dear little Alissa now rest in peace.


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