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.