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Get to understand the lad--
He's not eager to be bad.
If the right he always knew
He would be as old as you.
Were he now exceeding wise,
He'd be just about your size.
When he does things that annoy,
Don't forget he's just a boy.
Could he know and understand,
He would not need a guiding hand.
But he's not you and hasn't learned.
How life's corners must be turned.
Doesn't know from day to day
There is more to life than play.
More to face than selfish joy
Don't forget he's just a boy.
Being just a boy, he'll do
Much you will not want him to.
He'll be careless of his ways
Have his disobedient days.
Things of value he'll destroy
But reflect, he's just a boy.
Just a boy who needs a friend
patient, kindly to the end.
Needs a friend who will show
Him the things he wants to know.
Take him with you when you walk
Listen when he wants to talk.
His companionship enjoy,
Don't forget, he's just a boy.