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Hymn score of: It is not death to die (César Malan/George W. Bethune/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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It is not death to die (César Malan/George W. Bethune/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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.

César Malan ("Non, ce n'est pas mourir"), translated by George W. Bethune,
in: Schaff, Philip: Christ in Song, 1870, 532-533.

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