2845. It Is Not Death to Die

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 breath 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.

Text Information
First Line: It is not death to die
Title: It Is Not Death to Die
French Title: Non, ce n'est pas mourir que d'aller vers son Dieu
Author: H. A. César Malan (1832)
Translator (from French): George W. Bethune
Meter: SM
Language: English
Source: Lays, 1847, page 141
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: At Bethune's request, this hymn was sung at his funeral.
Tune Information
Composer: Joseph Emerson Sweetser (1849)
Meter: SM
Incipit: 32156 57671 35212
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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