DON'T CRY BECAUSE IT'S OVER...SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED.

Lend A Pup

I WILL LEND YOU FOR AWHILE, A PUP, GOD SAID,
FOR YOU TO LOVE HIM WHILE HE LIVES AND MOURN FOR HIM WHEN HE'S DEAD.
MAYBE FOR TWELVE OR FOURTEEN YEARS, OR MAYBE 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 ALWAYS HAVE HIS MEMORIES AS SOLACE FOR YOUR GRIEF.
I CANNOT PROMISE HE WILL STAY, SINCE ALL FROM EARTH RETURN,
BUT THERE ARE LESSONS TAUGHT I WANT THIS PUP TO LEARN.
I'VE LOOKED THE WHOLE WORLD OVER IN SEARCH OF TEACHERS TRUE,
AND FROM THE FOLK THAT CROWD LIFE'S LAND, I HAVE CHOSEN YOU.
NOW WILL YOU GIVE HIM ALL YOUR LOVE, NOR THINK THE LABOR VAIN,
NOR HATE ME WHEN I COME TO TAKE MY PUPPY BACK AGAIN?
I FANCIED THAT I HEARD HIM SAY "DEAR LORD THY WILL BE DONE,"
FOR ALL THE JOYS THIS PUP WILL 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 YOU CALL HIM BACK MUCH SOONER THAN WE'VE PLANNED,
WE'LL BRAVE THE BITTER GRIEF THAT COMES AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND.
IF BY OUR LOVE WE'VE MANAGED, YOUR WISHES TO ACHIEVE
IN MEMORY OF HIM WE LOVED, TO HELP US WHILE WE GRIEVE.
WHEN OUR FAITHFUL BUNDLE DEPARTS THIS WORLD OF STRIFE,
WE'LL HAVE YET ANOTHER PUP, AND LOVE HIM ALL HIS LIFE.  
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