A New Leaf

He came to my desk with a quivering lip--
The lesson was done--
"Dear teacher, I want a new leaf," he said;
"I have spoiled this one."
In place of the leaf, so stained and blotted,
I gave him a new one, all unspotted,
And into his sad eyes smiled--
"Do better now, my child."

I went to the throne with a quivering soul--
The old year was done--
"Dear Father, hast thou a new leaf for me?
I have spoiled this one."
He took the old leaf, stained and blotted.
And gave me a new one, all unspotted.
And into my sad heart smiled--
"Do better now, my child."

- Auther unknown
Posted the the Bible List by Brendan Getchel (bgetchel@mindspring.com)
18 Jan 1997