Scripture Verse

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


Words: George W. Beth­une, 1847.

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

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Brün­ing (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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.