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
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)