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In Their Lifetimes

In their lifetimes they knew of local renown
And memories of them today live in people in the town
Though silence and darkness where they now do lay
They live in the minds of their descendants today
Only the breath of life from them has gone
Their beliefs and their ways are living on
In their children and grandchildren their beliefs alive
Beyond our own existence what we stand for survive
To say in some ways they do live is hardly a lie
Only the life's breath in their bodies did die
The ways of their ancestors to their descendants they do give
And in their descendants their genes do live
In their lifetimes they knew of local renown
And memories of them today live in people in the town.

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