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

George W. Beth­une, 1847.

Im­mor­tal Love Da­vid Brün­ing, 1916 (🔊 pdf nwc).

George W. Bethune (1805–1862)

O Jesus, when I think of Thee,
Thy manger, cross, and throne,
My spirit trusts exultingly
In Thee, and Thee alone.

For me Thou didst become a man,
For me didst weep and die;
For me achieve Thy wondrous plan
For me ascend on high.

O let me share Thy holy birth,
Thy faith, Thy death to sin;
And strong, amidst the toils of earth,
My heavenly life begin.

Then shall I know what means the strain
Triumphant of Saint Paul:
To live is Christ, to die is gain;
Christ is my All in all.