If I must die, O, let me die, With hope

If I must die, O, let me die, With hope

Author: Benjamin Beddome
Tune: BYEFIELD
Published in 47 hymnals

Representative Text

1 If I must die, O, let me die
With hope in Jesus' blood—
The blood that saves from sin and guilt,
And reconciles to God.

2 If I must die, O, let me die
In peace with all mankind,
And change these fleeting joys below
For pleasures more refined.

3 If I must die—and die I must—
Let some kind seraph come
And bear me on his friendly wing
To my celestial home.

4 Of Canaan's land, from Pisgah's top,
May I but have a view,
Though Jordan should o'erflow its banks,
I'll boldly venture through.

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #561

Author: Benjamin Beddome

Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: If I must die, O, let me die, With hope
Author: Benjamin Beddome

Notes

If I must die, O let me die. B. Beddome. [Death Anticipated.] This hymn was published in Dr. Rippon's Baptist Register, 1794, p. 319, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, in an obituary notice of Beddome. It there began:—
"If I must die, O let me die Trusting in Thee alone."
In the Baptist Register, 1800, p. 312, it is given as:
"Lord, must I die? O let me die Trusting in Thee alone."
This text was repeated in the 10th edition of Rippon's Selection, 1800, No. 550 (pt. iii.), and is found m a few modern collections, with sometimes two additional stanzas (ii. and v.). which were added in the 27th ed. of Rippon, 1827. In Beddome's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1817, No. 778, it is given in 4 stanzas from Beddome's manuscript as:—
"'If I must die'—Oh let me die, Trusting in Jesus' blood."
The American Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858, and others are from this text. [William T. Brooke] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d207

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A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #318

Bible School Echoes, and Sacred Hymns #d83

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d484

Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d122

General Baptist Hymn Book #d246

Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside #d144

Prison Hymn Book #d151

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d366

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Psalms and Hymns: adapted to social, private and public worship in the Cumberland Presbyterian Chruch #680

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #934

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #327.934

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The Baptist Hymn Book #934

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The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #1189

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The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #678

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The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #561

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The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book: for social and public worship #86

The Devotional Hymn Book #d223

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The Lyrica: a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, adapted to general use #429

The National Baptist Hymn Book #d254

The National Baptist Hymn Book: a collection of old meter songs (Worded ed.) #ad254

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The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #1077

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #1088

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The Reformed Church Hymnal: with tunes #498

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #316d

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d462

The Sanctus #d118

The Social Harp. Rev. #d180

The Social Harp: Comprising the Richest Variety of Spiritual Songs ... #d149

The Victory #d168

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