1 I live, and I know the span of my years:
I live until Jesus shall call me.
I live as a guest in this valley of tears,
I live till the beckoning hand appears
And death can no longer appall me.
2 I die, and I know what hour it will be;
I die at the hour of His pleasure.
I die, and mine eyes my perfection shall see,
I die, and my soul from its clay is free
And soars to its heavenly treasure.
3 I journey and know just whither I'm bound:
I'm bound for the kingdom of heaven.
I go where the house of my Father is found,
Where jubilant voices with praises sound
And joys to His children are given.
4 I lead now a blessed life in my Lord,
I die but to live with Him ever.
I journey with faith in my Savior's word,
I carry His helmet and Spirit's sword
Until He my life-thread shall sever.
Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #239