Scripture Verse

Love one another as I have loved you. John 13:34

Introduction

Words: R. F. Full­er, in The Prize, by George Root (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Root & Ca­dy, 1870), page 45.

Music: Olsz­tyn George F. Root, 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Ful­ler’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
George F. Root
(1820–1895)

Lyrics

I want to be an angel,
Before I mount above,
An angel in my spirit
And influence of love.
Beneath my every footstep
I want the flowers to spring,
In deeds of loving kindness,
And good for everything.

I want to span my forehead
A bow of promise bright,
That every cloud of sorrow
May kindle into light.
Above the earth, but in it,
I want my ways to wend,
To keep myself unspotted,
And help to others lend.

I want to love like angels,
And be beloved again,
And bring the boons of Heaven
To bless my fellow men.
God’s love, in all my measure,
To give again I want.
A heartful, heavenly Father,
For my religion grant.