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

Joseph Hoskins (1745-1788). Published posthumously in Hymns on Select Texts of Scripture and Occasional Subjects (Bristol, England: 1789).

Wareham William Knapp, 1738 (🔊 pdf nwc).

portrait
William Knapp (1698-1768)

Let thoughtless thousands choose the road
That leads the soul away from God;
This happiness, dear Lord, be mine,
To live and die entirely Thine.

On Christ, by faith, I fain would live,
From Him my life, my all, receive,
To Him devote my fleeting hours,
Serve Him alone with all my powers.

Christ is my everlasting All;
To Him I look, on Him I call;
He will my every want supply
In time and through eternity.

Soon will the Lord, my Life, appear;
Soon shall I end my trials here,
Leave sin and sorrow, death and pain.
To live is Christ, to die is gain.

Soon will the saints in glory meet,
Soon walk through every golden street,
And sing on every blissful plain:
To live is Christ, to die is gain.