On Family

  Daughters - Elizabeth and Kathleen   Source: Kathleen Swaim

Daughters - Elizabeth and Kathleen

Source: Kathleen Swaim

I Give My Daughter


I give my daughter to the loving care
Of God, who walks forever by her side,
To hold her hand, and be a loving guide
Through and beyond all trouble, all despair.
I know that she may go to places where
I cannot go; the world is very wide;
And she may find herself swept by some tide
Of happenings I have no way to share.

Grant her more joy than sorrow, and more hope
Than doubt; more light than darkness, and the warm
Sweet nourishment of love, the endless scope
Of new horizons, clear and free from storm.
Grant to her now and on all voyages, 
A gallant heart, high courage, and calm seas.