We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes...please...let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they will tend,
Only, stay with me to the end...
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.