Scripture Verse

To live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21


William W. Gilchrist

Words: H. A. Cé­sar Ma­lan, 1832 (Non, ce n’est pas mou­rir que d’al­ler vers son Dieu). Trans­lat­ed from French to Eng­lish by Ro­bin­son P. Dunn, 1852.

Music: Wake­field Will­iam W. Gil­christ, 1895 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Dunn (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

H. A. César Malan


No, no, it is not dying
To go unto our God;
This gloomy earth forsaking,
Our journey homeward taking
Along the starry road.

No, no, it is not dying
Heaven’s citizen to be;
A crown immortal wearing,
And rest unbroken sharing,
From care and conflict free.

No, no it is not dying
To hear this gracious word,
Receive a Father’s blessing,
Forevermore possessing
The favor of thy Lord.

No, no it is not dying
The Shepherd’s voice to know:
His sheep He ever leadeth,
His peaceful flock He feedeth,
Where living pastures grow.

No, no it is not dying
To wear a lordly crown;
Among God’s people dwelling,
The glorious triumph swelling
Of Him whose sway we own.