Life Out of Death

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1. Life out of death—dear Master, is it spoken
Of the life here, or in the better land?
Nay, wherefore wait? The vessel marred and broken
Shall now be molded by the Potter’s hand.

2. Life out of death—oh, wondrous resurrection!
Seed sown in conscious weakness, raised in pow’r;
Thy life lived out in days of toil and friction,
“Not I, but Christ” in me from hour to hour.

3. Life out of death—a pilgrim path and lonely,
Trodden by those who glory in the cross;
They live in fellowship with “Jesus only,”
And for His sake count earthly gain but loss.

4. Life out of death—blest mission to be ever
Bearing the living water brimming o’er;
With life abundant from the clear, pure river,
Telling that thirsty souls need thirst no more.

Author: Author Unknown

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

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First Line: Life out of death—dear Master, is it spoken
Title: Life Out of Death
Author: Author Unknown
Language: English



Joseph Barnby (PHH 438) composed O PERFECT LOVE and said it was a "hymn tune in the natural style and idiom … of our own time." Originally an anthem, O PERFECT LOVE was shortened into a hymn tune for publication in The Hymnal Companion (1890) and in the Church Hymnary (1898). The tune is also know…

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