For Me to Live Is Jesus

Representative Text

1 For me to live is Jesus,
To die is gain for me;
So when my Savior pleases,
I meet death willingly.

2 For Christ, my Lord, my brother,
I leave this world so dim
And gladly seek another,
Where I shall be with Him.

3 My woes are nearly over,
Though long and dark the road;
My sin His merits cover,
And I have peace with God.

4 Lord, when my pow'rs are failing,
My breath comes heavily,
And words are unavailing.
O hear my sighs to Thee.

5 In my last hour, O grant me
A slumber soft and still,
No doubts to vex or haunt me,
Safe anchored in Thy will;

6 And so to Thee still cleaving
When death shall come to me,
I fall asleep believing
And wake in heav'n with Thee!

Source: Lutheran Service Book #742

Translator (sts. 1-7): Catherine Winkworth

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Translator (st. 8): Anonymous

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Text Information

First Line: For me to live is Jesus, To die is gain for me
Title: For Me to Live Is Jesus
German Title: Christus, der ist mein Leben
Translator (sts. 1-7): Catherine Winkworth
Translator (st. 8): Anonymous
Source: Ein schön geistlich Gesangbuch, Jena, 1609, sts. 1-7
Language: English



Melchior Vulpius (PHH 397) composed this short chorale tune, published as a setting for the anonymous funeral hymn "Christus, der ist me in Leben" ("For Me to Live Is Jesus") in Vulpius's Ein Schön Geistlich Gesangbuch (1609). Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) based his Cantata 95 on this tune and provided tw…

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Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #606

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #473

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Lutheran Service Book #742


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