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First Line: They have long life who do the will of god
Last Line: Reach the far shores of immortality.
Variant Title(s): Summer Night
Subject(s): Immortality


They have long life who do the will of God,
They who, in youthful ardor, place their all
At fearful hazard, glad to heed the call
And tread the paths of old by heroes trod.

At the world's cry for help, their feet they shod
With winged sandals, sped to make a wall
Of flame invincible. Even those who fall
Are victors, though they lie beneath the sod.

They live as long as freedom lives, as long
As memories of sacrifice endure,
As long as spirit, poetry, and song,
As surely as God's sovereignty is sure.
Their years, though but a score, as blind men see,
Reach the far shores of immortality.





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