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George Hitchcock, Maternité (1889)
Come, my sweet one
my little one, my baby.
We have a long journey ahead
and the path will not always be as easy as this one.
don’t cry wee one.
Mummy’s here and I love you very much
I will be with you for ever and ever.
I don’t know what life will throw at you,
my darling boy,
but I sense it won’t be easy.
Your pilgrimage is a gift from God,
a bittersweet gift
and I cannot save you.
Look on the path!
A cross lies before you
a sign of God’s kiss,
a sign of human cruelty.
Shall we let John go ahead of us
to lead the way
to prepare the path for you
the path you must follow?
There, there little dove,
we none of us know where our lives will take us
who we will meet
what we will do
but I do know Abba God will be with you
every step of the way.