Which Loved Best?
“I love you, Mother,” said little John;
Then, forgetting his work, his cap went on,
And off he was to the garden swing,
Leaving his mother the wood to bring.
“I love you, Mother,” said rosy Nell,
“I love you better then tongue can tell.”
Then she teased and pouted half the day
Till Mother rejoiced when she went to play.
“I love you, Mother,” said little Fan;
Today I’ll help you all I can;
To the cradle then did she softly creep
And rocked the baby till it fell fast asleep.
Then stepping softly, she took the broom,
And swept the floor and dusted the room;
Busy and happy all day was she,
Helpful and cheerful as child could be.
“I love you, Mother,” again they said,
Three little children going to bed;
How do you think that the mother guessed
Which of them really loved her best?
Like Mary, I’m Learning
Lovingkindness, oh, how sweet—
Filling my heart with joy complete;
I rest secure at Jesus’ feet
For I have chosen that good part.
Just like Mary, I am learning,
Precious truths from Jesus teaching.
Trustfully on Him I’m leaning,
I’m glad I’ve chosen the good part.
Smiles from Him are a light
And His touch to me a delight.
I know I’m doing alright
Because I’ve chosen the good part.
Faith and hope and peace and joy—
These are the good things I enjoy
That the devil can not destroy
For I have chosen the good part.
Daily duties will come and go
While I’m living here below
But up in Heaven I will know
That I have chosen the good part.