1 For me to live is Christ,
To die is endless gain;
For Him I gladly bear the cross,
And welcome grief and pain.
2 A pilgrimage my lot,
My home is in the skies;
I nightly pitch my tent below,
And daily higher rise.
3 I fare with Christ, my Lord,
His path the path I choose;
They joy who suffer most with Him,
They win who with Him lose.
4 The dawn on distant hills,
Shines o'er the vales below;
The shadows of this world are lost,
In light to which I go.
5 My journey soon will end,
My scrip and staff laid down;
O, tempt me not with earthly toys!
I go to wear a crown.
6 Faithful may I endure,
And hear my Saviour say,
Thrice welcome home, beloved child,
Inherit endless day!
Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #258
|First Line:||For me to live is Christ; To die is endless gain|
|Title:||For Me to Live is Christ|
|German Title:||Christus der is mein Leben|
|Translator:||Charles S. Robinson|
|Source:||M. Vulpius' Ein Schön Geistlich Gesangbuch, Jena, 1609|