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
"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)