St. Nicholas, Montgomery, WalesPenpark

Jesus I live to Thee,
     The Loveliest and Best;
My life in Thee, Thy life in me,
     In Thy blest love I rest.

Jesus I die to Thee,
     Whenever death shall come;
To die in Thee is life to me
     In my eternal home.

Whether to live or die,
     I know not which is best;
To live in Thee is bliss to me,
     To die is end-less rest.

Living or dying, Lord,
     I ask but to be Thine;
My life in Thee, Thy life in me,
     Makes heaven forever mine!

Music: J. T. Rees (1857-1949)

English words:
Henry Harbaugh

Welsh words: John Elias (1774-1841)

Welsh-Americans sing the hymn tune Penpark
at funerals and in annual remembrances for the dead.

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See Romans 14:7-9

7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.    The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

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