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LIE-AWAKE SONGS: 3, by            
First Line: God has a house three streets away
Last Line: God, and the furnace man, and me.
Variant Title(s): The Furnace Man
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed

God has a house three streets away,
And every Sunday, rain or shine,
My nurse goes there her prayers to say;
She's told me of the candles fine
That burning all night long they keep
Because God never goes to sleep,
Then there's a steeple of bells;
All through the dark the time it tells,
I like to hear it in the night
And think about those candles bright --
I wonder if God stays awake
For kindness, like the furnace man
Who comes before it's day, to make
Our house as pleasant as he can --
I like to watch the sky grow blue
And think, perhaps, the whole world through
No one's awake but just us three --
God, and the furnace man, and me.

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