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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ah! To go (and grow) through happy clover...

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when (s)he
is old he will not depart from it." ~ Proverbs 12:6

I should just let these pictures speak for themselves, but I can't help it - to share this poem, that I found this morning, that just seemed so fitting. Granted I know my daughter is too young to be considered "a maiden"... but she's growing, and she'll be there soon enough, one day.
The poem is entitled;
~To a Little Maid~

How should little maidens grow
When they're ten (months old) or over?
In the sunshine and the air,
Wholesome, simple, fresh and fair
As the bonnie daisies blow,
And the happy clover.
How should little lassies speak
At this time of living?
As the birds do, and the bees,
Singing through the flowers and trees,
Till each mortal fain would seek
Joy her lips are giving.

How about her eyes her ears
At this stage of growing?
Like the clear, unclouded skies,
Not too eager or too wise,
So that all she sees and hears
May be worth the knowing.

And this little maiden's heart?
Ah! for that we are praying,
That it strong and pure may grow;
God, who loveth children so,
Keep her from all guile apart,
Through life's mazes straying!
~ The Children's Friend. Selected from the book; Ideals and Moral Lessons

: : Italics in the poem, mine.


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