To live is Christ, and to die is gain.@Philippians 1:21

John Thomas, 1900. This hymn was originally printed in a Baptist newspaper, then included in The Baptist Church Hymnal of 1900.

St. Augustine Chorale Songs for Four Voices 1769 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John Thomas (1858-1944)

Dear Master, in Thy way
Our willing feet shall tread;
What joy Thy mandate to obey,
Our great and glorious Head.

The closing waters hid
Our former world, and we,
Seeking through death our Savior’s side,
Rejoice to die with Thee.

And as we rise again,
Be this confession giv’n,
That we have ris’n with Christ to reign
The Lord of earth and Heav’n.

So would we die to live,
And live no more to die;
Our risen lives, O Christ, receive
And seal them in the sky.