Her showing off her infant charms
And chuckling in her mother's arms -
Which God decided would not be.
And how we would have watched her grow
Delighting in the normal child
At whose quaint ways we would have smiled -
But by God's will it is not so.
We might have seen her day by day
Flourish in ease and loveliness
With sparkling graces to express -
But our desire was not God's way.
And woman, ripened to fulfil
Beside a loving husband's side
The features of a graceful bride -
But this desire was not God's will.