Scripture Verse

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


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

Music: Ware­ham Will­iam Knapp, 1738 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hoskins (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

William Knapp


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.