I’ll lend you for a little while my grandest foal, He said.Screen Shot 2013-10-26 at 3.54.51 PM
for you to love while he’s alive and mourn when he is dead.
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It may be one or twenty years, or days or months, you see,
but will you, till I take him back, take care of him for me?
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He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief,
you’ll have treasured memories as solace for your grief.
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I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught on earth I want this foal to learn.
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I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, with trust, I’ve chosen you.
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Now will you give him total love, not think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come here to take him back again?
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I know you’ll give him tenderness and love will bloom each day,
and for the happiness you’ve known, forever grateful stay
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But should I come and call for him much sooner than you’d planned,
you’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and someday, understand.