Read THE CHILDREN’S SONG of Puck of Pook's Hill, free online book, by Rudyard Kipling, on ReadCentral.com.

  Father in Heaven who lovest all,
  Oh help Thy children when they call;
  That they may build from age to age,
  An undefiled heritage!

  Teach us to bear the yoke in youth,
  With steadfastness and careful truth;
  That, in our time, Thy Grace may give
  The Truth whereby the Nations live.

  Teach us to rule ourselves alway,
  Controlled and cleanly night and day;
  That we may bring, if need arise,
  No maimed or worthless sacrifice.

  Teach us to look in all our ends,
  On Thee for judge, and not our friends;
  That we, with Thee, may walk uncowed
  By fear or favour of the crowd.

  Teach us the Strength that cannot seek,
  By deed or thought, to hurt the weak;
  That, under Thee, we may possess
  Man’s strength to comfort man’s distress.

  Teach us Delight in simple things,
  And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
  Forgiveness free of evil done,
  And Love to all men ’neath the sun!