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

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

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

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George F. Root (1820–1895)

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.