If you had been living when Christ was on earth
And had met the Savior kind,
What would you have asked him to do for you,
Supposing you were stone blind?
A child considered and then replied,
I expect that, without a doubt,
I’d ask for a dog, with collar and chain,
To lead me daily about.
And how often thus, in faithless prayer,
We acknowledge with shamed surprise
We have only asked for a dog and chain,
When we might have had--opened eyes."