child is this?" I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
"Mine", said the parent with a tender smile
"Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should?"
child is this?" I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in
"Mine", said the teacher with the same tender smile
"Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school"
child is this?" I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
"Ours" said the parents and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
"Ours to love and train together
"Ours this blessed task forever."