[Editor: This poem for children, by Eva Oakley, was published in Willie Wagtail, Two Little Romances and Other Verses (1945).]
“Thank God for Loving Us So”
The rain, it is raining; but we’re not complaining,
Because it will make the things grow;
Then, when the rain stops, why, out the sun pops,
And makes us so happy you know.
Later on, when ’tis night, moon and stars shine so bright,
And help us along as we go;
Then, ere we, in our beds, on soft pillows, place heads,
We thank God for loving us so.
Eva Oakley, Willie Wagtail, Two Little Romances and Other Verses, Melbourne: Austral Printing & Publishing Company, , p. 15
ere = (archaic) before (from the Middle English “er”, itself from the Old English “aer”, meaning early or soon)
’tis = (archaic) a contraction of “it is”