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In The Mansions of My Father

In the mansions of my father
I learned to be a man
To stand up strong; to strive and struggle through
To take the time; to bother
To conquer all I can
To do my best in everything I do

In the mansions of my father
I learned to be a boy
To find the joy of living void of fear
To take the time; to bother
To genially enjoy
The multifarious moments that Iím here

In the mansions of my father
I learned to be a spouse
To love in ways I never understood
To take the time; to bother
To hallow home and house
To see my wife as lifeís most gracious good

In the mansions of my father
I learned to be a dad
To tickle, tease, and teach with tenderness
To take the time; to bother
To treasure what I had
To bolster, brighten, build, believe, and bless

In the mansions of my Father
There is a place prepared
And someday, if I live the things I learned
In the mansions of my father
The love my parents shared
Will maybe in some small way be returned