Father, bless the little birds
That search for crumbs and seeds.
Keep the kittens warm at night,
And tend to all their needs.
When Thy Son was very small,
A manger cradled Him.
Shepherds brought their little lambs
That night in Bethlehem.
In the stable oxen’s lowing
Lulled the Child to sleep.
Father, for all little ones
A loving-watch care keep.

[illustration] Illustrated by Carol Anderson