THE SWEETEST GIFT A MOTHER'S SMILE
(J. B. Coats)
One day a mother came to a prison
To seek an erring but precious son.
She told the warden how much she loved him.
It did not matter what he had done.
(Chorus, with response in parentheses:)
She did not bring (bring to him) parole or pardon (pardon free).
She brought no silver (brought no gold),
no pomp nor style (him to see).
It was a halo (halo bright) sent down from heaven (heaven's light),
The sweetest gift (gift), a mother's smile (mother's smile).
Her boy had wandered far from the fireside,
Though she had pleaded with him each night.
But not a word did she ever utter
That told her heartache. Her smile was bright.
She left a smile you can remember.
She's gone to heaven, from heartaches free.
Them bars around him will never change her.
He was her baby and e'er will be.