In Memory of Darla

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In memory of Darla

I will lend to you for a while a puppy, God said,

For you to love her while she lives

and to mourn for her when she is gone.

Maybe for 12 or 14 years, or maybe for 2 or 3

But will you, till I call her back

take care of her for me?

She'll bring her charms to gladden you and 

(should her stay be brief)

you'll always have her memories

as solace from the grief.

I cannot promise that she will stay

since all from Earth return,

But there are lessons taught below

I want this pup to learn.

I've searched the whole world over 

in search of teachers true,

And from the fold that crowd life's land

I have chosen you.

Now will you give her all you love

Nor think the labor vain,

nor hate Me when I come to take 

My pup back home again?

I fancied that I heard them say,

"Dear Lord, Thy Will Be Done,"

For all the joys this pup will bring

the risk of grief you'll run.

Will you shelter her with tenderness,

Will you love her while you may?

And for the happiness you'll know

forever grateful stay?

But should I call her back 

much sooner than you've planned,

please brave the bitter grief that comes

and try to understand.

If, by your love, you've managed 

My wishes to achieve,

In memory of her that you've loved,

cherish every moment with your faithful bundle,

and know she loved you too.