God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.@John 3:16

Thomas J. Laney, 1914. After suffering a life threatening illness, Laney wrote the song upon hearing a sermon by the eloquent S. L. Pruett during the great revival at the [Methodist Episcopal] Church, Eulaton [Alabama], August, 1914 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Thomas J. Laney (1878-1953)

’Tis a sweet and glorious thought that comes to me,
I’ll live on, yes, I’ll live on;
Jesus saved my soul from death, and now I’m free,
I’ll live on, yes, I’ll live on.

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I’ll live on, yes, I’ll live on.
Thru eternity I’ll live on;
I’ll live on, yes, I’ll live on,
Thru eternity I’ll live on.

When my body’s slumbering in the cold, cold clay,
I’ll live on, yes, I’ll live on;
There to sleep in Jesus till the judgment day,
I’ll live on, yes, I’ll live on.

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When the world’s on fire and darkness veils the sun,
I’ll live on, yes, I’ll live on;
Men will cry and to the rocks and mountains run,
I’ll live on, yes, I’ll live on.

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In the glory-land, with Jesus on the throne,
I’ll live on, yes, I’ll live on;
Thru eternal ages singing, home, sweet home,
I’ll live on, yes, I’ll live on.

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