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Why I sing

I sing because I love him, because to earth

Author: Ida C. Lewis
Tune: [I sing because I love Him]
Published in 6 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. I sing because I love Him—
Because to earth He came
All those to save who trust Him,
From endless death and shame.

I sing because I love Him,
Because He died for me;
For this I shall adore Him
Through all eternity.

2. I sing because I love Him;
From sin He set me free;
He taught my soul to praise Him—
Filled it with melody. [Refrain]

3. I sing because I love Him,
For keeping me in peace;
Until my eyes behold Him,
My song shall never cease. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7457

Author: Ida C. Lewis

Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Altoona, Pennsylvania. Lewis is perhaps best remembered for this poem, written to honor the civil war dead from Blair County, Pennsylvania: Her rock-ribbed mountains, high and blue, Are not more strong and not more true, Than is her love for those who gave Their strong, young life our Land to save, Who heard great Lincoln’s call for men, And died in field and prison-pen. Blair’s heroes sleep far, far from home, Their only epitaph, "UNKNOWN!" But angels bright are sent of God To watch beside their beds of sod. Long as our mountains pierce the skies— Till God shall bid the dead arise— Ne’er let the work our heroes wrought, By children’s children be forgot. Brave "Boys in Blue," wh… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I sing because I love him, because to earth
Title: Why I sing
Author: Ida C. Lewis



The Cyber Hymnal #7457
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The Cyber Hymnal #7457

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