To me to live, let it be Christ

To me to live, let it be Christ

Author: James Montgomery
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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

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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


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)