It is not death to dieAuthor: César Malan (1832); Translator: George W. Bethune (1847)
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1 It is not death to die,
To leave this weary road,
And 'midst the brotherhood on high
To be at home with God.
2 It is not death to close
The eye long dimmed by tears,
And wake in glorious repose
To spend eternal years.
3 It is not death to bear
The wrench that sets us free
From dungeon chain, to breathe the air
Of boundless liberty.
4 It is not death to fling
Aside this sinful dust,
And rise, on strong, exulting wing,
To live among the just.
5 Jesus, Thou Prince of life!
Thy chosen cannot die:
Like Thee, they conquer in the strife,
To reign with Thee on high.
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871
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|Title:||It Is Not Death to Die|
|Author:||César Malan (1832)|
|Translator:||George W. Bethune (1847)|
It is not death to die. A translation of Caesar Malan's " Non, ce n'est pas mourir," (q.v.) from his Lays, 1847, p. 141, in 5 stanzas of 4 1ines. As stated above, Dr. Bethune died at Florence. His remains were taken to New York, and buried in Greenwood Cemetery. This hymn, in compliance with a request made by him before his death, was sung at his funeral. It is found in several English hymnals.
-John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #632||It is not death to die||George W. Bethune||2012|
|The Cyber Hymnal #2845||It Is Not Death to Die||It is not death to die||GREENWOOD||H. A. César Malan; George W. Bethune||SM||<cite>Lays</cite>, 1847, page 141|