Monday, October 1, 2012

Poem ~ The Teacher

The Childhood of Pico Della Mirandola by Paul Delaroche, 1842

The Teacher

LORD, who am I to teach the way
To little children day by day,
So prone myself to go astray?

I teach them KNOWLEDGE, but I know
How faint they flicker and how low
The candles of my knowledge glow.

I teach them POWER to will and do,
But only now to learn anew
My own great weakness through and through.

I teach them LOVE for all mankind
And all God's creatures, but I find
My love comes lagging far behind.

Lord, if their guide I still must be,
Oh let the little children see
The teacher leaning hard on Thee.

~Leslie Pinckney Hill


  1. Valerie, this is absolutely beautiful. I've never heard this poem before. This is a keeper. Thanks for all the time you put into this blog. I appreciate you. Abby

  2. Abby, thank you for the kind words! I'm just the gleaner. A friend from church shared this poem with me from an old collection of poetry.


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