Scripture Verse

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Matthew 22:39

Introduction

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Franz J. Haydn
(1732–1809)

Words: G. Lin­nae­us Banks, in the To­nic Sol­fa Re­por­ter, June 1861.

Music: Bridge­town ar­ranged from Franz J. Hay­dn (1732–1809) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Banks (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

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

I live to hail the season,
By bards and seers foretold;
When men shall live by reason,
And not alone for gold;
When man to man united,
And every wrong thing righted,
The whole world shall be lighted,
As Eden was of old.

I live for those who love me,
For those who know me true,
For the Heav’n that smiles above me,
And awaits my spirit, too;
For the wrong that needs resistance,
For the cause that lacks assistance,
For the future in the distance,
For the good that I can do.