“Madonna with the Bouquet of Lilies”
THE MOTHER”S MEDITATIONS
“Father we thank thee for this food:”
In childish voices low and sweet,
With heads low bowed and folded hands,
Together Allen and Sis repeat.
And now another tiny one
Has come our little home to share:
I thank God for these children dear
Now place within my earthly care.
Allen and Sis repeat their thanks
For our supply of daily food;
Shall I not lift my voice with theirs
And thank Thee for these children good?
And must I guide these little feet?
And must I show to them the way?
I’ll need, O Christ, thy help in this:
Teach me, O Lord, teach me to pray.
I want to be a child myself,
A child of God while here on earth:
I come to thee just as I am;
Grant me, O Lord, the second birth.
Work with me, Lord, in these blessed days:
I know their number ‘ll be too few:
Help me to mold these little lives
So that they’ll be forever true.
I thank thee for thy holy church,
Redeemed by Christ to be His bride:
Now left on earth to do His work,
To teach, to love, to help, to guide.
This church is now thy gift to me,
To help to make these children thine:
May they through life the Savior know,
May they through Him have life divine.
I pray thee for my children Lord:
Too soon from me their feet will roam;
I pray thee Lord to keep those feet
And guide them to thy heavenly home.
Image above retrieved from:
Image Title: Madonna mit dem Lilienstrauss.
Alternate Title: The madonna with the bouquet of lilies.
Creator: Woelfle, Johann — Engraver
Additional Name(s): Dolci, Carlo, 1616-1686 — Artist
Source: Königl. Bayer. Pinakothek zu München und Gemälde-Gallerie zu Schleissheim. Mit seiner Majestät des Königs von Bayern allerhöchster Genehmigung in lithographierten Abbildungen, herausgegeben in der Kunst-Anstalt von Piloty & Loehle in München.