American Old Time Song Lyrics: 06 What I Live For

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Recited by Miss Lottie Winnett.

I live for those who love me,
For those whose hearts are true,
For the heaven that smiles above me
And awaits my spirit, too;
Fur all human ties that bind me,
For the task my God assigned me,
For the bright hopes left behind me.
And the good that I can do.

I live to learn their story
Who've suffered for my sake,
To emutate their glory
And follow in their wake-
Bards, martyrs, patriots, sages,
The noble of all ages,
Whose deeds crown history's paces,
And the time great volume make.

I live to hold communion
With all that is divine..
To feel that there is union
Twixt nature's heart and mine.
To profit by affliction,
Heap truth from fields of fiction,
Grow wiser from conviction-
Fulfilling God's design.

I live for those that love me,
For those whose hearts are true.
For the heaven that smiles above me,
And awaits my spirit, too;
For the wrongs that need resistance,
For the cause that needs assistance.
For the future in the distance,
And the good that I can do.
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