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A Little Thankful Song

For what are we thankful for? For this:
   For the breath and the sunlight of life
 For the love of the child, and the kiss
   On the lips of the mother and wife.
     For roses entwining,
       For bud and for bloom,
     And hopes that are shining
       Like stars in the gloom.

 For what are we thankful for? For this:
   The strength and the patience of toil;
 For ever the dreams that are bliss—
   The hope of the seed in the soil.
     For souls that are whiter
       From day unto day;
     And lives that are brighter
       From going God's way.

 For what are we thankful for? For all:
   The sunlight—the shadow—the song;
 The blossoms may wither and fall,
   But the world moves in music along!
       For simple, sweet living,
         (Tis love that doth teach it)
       A heaven forgiving
          And faith that can reach it!