To me to live, let it be Christ

To me to live, let it be Christ

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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To me to live, let it be Christ,
To me to die will then be gain,
If here into his death baptized,
His resurrection I attain.

As He was in the world, let me,
Born from above, my course fulfil;
My meat, my drink, my business be
To do my heavenly Father's will.

So, when He comes, with glory crown'd,
To claim His own, and seal them His,
I in his likeness shall be found,
For I shall see Him as He is.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: To me to live, let it be Christ
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

To me to live, let it be Christ. J. Montgomery. [The Image of Christ.] This is dated in the M. manuscript "Aug. 30, 1835." We have not traced it in print earlier than his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 122, where it is given in 3 stanzas of 4 lines; but probably it was published before that date.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #122

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