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Bless This Child

A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings to Celebrate Birth

Collected by Edward Searl

Poetry and prose for every occasion surrounding a new life: composing birth announcements, readings at birth ceremonies and naming rituals, honoring an adoption, birthday cards and writing notes to new mothers and fathers. An indispensable tool for well-wishers, this collection will also provide quiet spiritual sustenance to new and expecting parents.

Passages from Bless This Child:

What is a Child?
An experiment. A fresh attempt to produce the just man made perfect: that is, to make humanity divine.

—George Bernard Shaw

No day can be so sacred but that the laugh of a little child will make it holier still.
—Robert Green Ingersoll

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes children to raise up a village to become all it should be. The village we build with them in mind will be a better place for us all.
—Hillary Rodham Clinton

All you of the heavens, all you of the air, all you of the earth, hear us! Into your midst has come a new life.
Make his/her path smooth, then shall he/she travel beyond the four hills!

—Omaha Native American

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.
—Hodding Carter, Jr.

Mother’s arms under you,
Her eyes above you;
Sing it high, sing it low,
Love me—I love you.

—Christina Rossetti

Edward Searl, a minister for more than 25 years, is author of In Memoriam: A Guide to Modern Funeral and Memorial Services. He is the editor of a series of quotation collections that includes Coming of Age, We Pledge Our Hearts, Beyond Absence and In Praise of Animals, published by Skinner House Books.

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This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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