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THE HEATHEN CHILD TO THE AMERICAN CHILD

“Missionary Gems” — A collection of short poems
Compiled from various sources — Gospel Trumpet Company

If you had been born in a far-off land,
Far over the deep, wide sea,
And I in America had my home,
In America, land of the free;
If you were I and I were you,
Do you know what I would do?

If you had been born with a swarthy skin,
And people looked on you with scorn,
While I knew nothing is black but sin
And the soul may be white as the lily at morn;
If I had a chance to uplift you
Do you know what I would do?

If you were an orphan and homeless too,
And never had heard of the Lord,
While I had been taught from earliest days
To love and obey his Word;
If you were poor and ignorant too,
Do you know what I would do?

I would save my pennies and nickels and dimes,
And send them over the sea,
That you might be fed and clothed and taught
To worship the God who is dear to me.
If you were I and I were you,
That is what I would do.

I’d tell all the boys and girls around
Just what I was working for, too,
And I’d never give up till I’d got them to help
Send the gospel to the needy like you.
If you were I and I were you,
That is what I would do.

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