It Is Not Death To Die

Text:  George W. Bethune 
Music:  Johann Sebastian Bach 
Tune:  Augustine  66.86
OHT Incipit:  

It is not death to die,
To leave this weary road,
And midst the family on high,
To be at home with God.

It is not death to close
The eye long dimmed by tears
And wake in glorious repose
To spend eternal years.

It is not death to bear
The wrench that sets us free
From dungeon-chains to breathe the air
Of boundless liberty.

It is not death to fling
Aside this sinful dust,
And rise on strong, exulting wing,
To live among the just.

Jesus, Thou Prince of life,
Thy chosen cannot die;
Like Thee, they conquer in the strife
To reign with Thee on high.

The Ames Hymn Collection

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