A Woman’s Question

                          – by Lena Lathrop, 1934

You have asked for the most expensive things
Ever made by the Lord above;
A woman’s heart, and a woman’s life –
And a woman’s unfailing love.

Do you dare ask for these priceless things
As a child might ask for a toy?
Demanding what many would love to win
With the recklessness of a boy?

You have written down all my duties;
Man-like, you have questioned me:
Now stand at the bar of this woman’s soul
And allow me question thee….

You require your meals shall always be hot;
Your socks must never have holes;
I require your heart be true to Jesus my Lord
And pure as God’s heaven your soul.

You desire a cook for your bacon and eggs,
But I require a far greater thing;
A seamstress you need to mend your shirts:
I want a man who loves Jesus my King.

A godly man whose love is true
A man with a heavenly mood.
One who will look upon me as God did Eve
And say, “This is very good”.

Is your heart an ocean so strong and so deep
That I may cast all my care on its tide?
For a woman in love finds heaven or hell
On the day she is made a bride.

Today I am young, but the flower will fade
From my soft, rosy cheeks one day;
Will you love me then, in my Autumn of life
As you did in the blossoms of May?

I desire all things that are steadfst and true,
A man who from trials won’t flee.
If you give me all this, I will give you my life
And be all that you want me to be.

But if you cannot be this, you can hire a cook
And pay her for services rendered;
But the man who wins this Christian girl
Must be to Jesus surrendered.

                                Lena Lathrop, 1934


Maxim of the Moment

Success is getting up one more time than the number of times you fall down. - Julie Bowden