Scripture Verse

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:7–8


Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, third ser­ies (New York: Ro­bert Car­ter & Bro­thers, 1866), pag­es 120–22, alt.

Music: St. An­drew (Barn­by) Jo­seph Barn­by, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Joseph Barnby (1838–1896)


Not to ourselves again,
Not to the flesh we live;
Not to the world henceforth shall we
Our strength, our being give.

The time past of our lives
Sufficeth to have wrought
The fleshly will, which only ill
Has to us ever brought.

No longer is our life
A thing unused or vain;
To us, now here, to live is Christ,
To us to die is gain.

Our life is hid with Christ,
With Christ in God above;
Upward our heart would go to Him,
Whom, seeing not, we love.

When He who is our life
Appears, to take the throne,
We too shall be revealed and shine
In glo­ry like His own.

He liveth, and we live!
His life for us prevails;
His fullness fills our mighty void,
His strength for us avails.

Life worketh in us now,
Life is for us in store;
So death is swallowed up of life;
We live for ev­er­more.

Shine as the sun shall we
In that bright kingdom then,
Our sky without a cloud or mist,
Ourselves without a stain.

Like Him we then shall be.
Transformed and glorified;
For we shall see Him as He is
And in His light abide.

Not to ourselves we live,
Not to ourselves we die;
Unto the Lord we die or live,
With Him are we on high.

We seek the things above,
For we are only His;
Like Him we soon shall be, for we
Shall see Him as He is.