Living and Dying

Living for Christ, I die;–how strange, that I, 
Thus dying, live,–and yet, thus living, die! 
Living for Christ, I die;-yet wondrous thought, 
In that same death a deathless life is wrought;– 
Living, I die to Earth, to self, to sin;– 
Oh, blessed death, in which such life I win! 

Dying for Christ, I live!–death cannot be 
A terror, then, to one from death set free’ 
Living for Christ, rich blessings I attain, 
Yet, dying for Him, mine is greater gain 
Life for my Lord, is death to sin and strife, 
Yet death for Him is everlas’ing life! 

Dying for Christ, I live!–and yet, not I, 
But He lives in me, who did for me die. 
I die to live,–He lives to die no more, 
Who, in His death my own death-sentence bore 
“To live is Christ,” if Christ within me reign, 
To die more blessed, since “to die is gain!”

       – Mrs. J. C. Yule


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