Jesus, I live to Thee

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,
  With Thee I'm ever one!
Whether to live or die,
I know not which is best;
To live in Thee is bliss to me,
  To die is endless rest.
Living or dying, Lord,
I ask but to be Thine;
My life in Thee, Thy life in me,
  Makes Thee forever mine.
Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

The music was written by Robert Jackson. Born May, 1842 in Lancaster, England and died July 12, 1914 in Oldham, Lancashier, England. Robert attended the Royal Academy of Music at Saint Mark’s Church at Grosvenor Square in London. He also played in the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

In 1868, he took over his father’s duties at Saint Peter’s in Oldham and played organ there for 46 years. Together they served for almost a century. He also served in the Oldham Musical Society from 1891 to 1906.

Robert also wrote other hymn-tunes: “Come and Rejoice with Me, ” “Jesus Fountain of My Days, ” “Thou Magnet of My Soul, ” “Jesus I Live to Thee, ” “I come to Thee Dear Lord, ” and “Oh Lord I Have Seen Your Worth. ”

Meredith Hutchison

Delmont, PA, United States

Praying this hymn this night for Sr. Mary Pellicane who just celebrated her 97th birthday and who is ill this night.

Julie Williams

Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, United States

My favorite hymn of all time. I sing it everyday. It is just so comforting to me.

Mary B

Auckland, New Zealand

In the recent passing of my brother I found this hymn very comforting. Every verse is sweet;

My life in Thee, Thy life in me,

In Thy blest love I rest.

How good it is to muse over hymns Godly people have written from their experiences of Him.

Stephen Coker

Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan

Enjoyed this song very much today.... We life and die in Him, the issue of His life is to live with Him eternally, being one with Him. Romans 14:8: For whether we live, we live to the Lord, and whether we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore whether we live or we die, we are the Lord's. Hallelujah!

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

A farmer’s son, Harbaugh worked as a carpenter, teacher and writer as a young man. In 1840, he enrolled at Marshall College in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. After almost three years there, he went to Mercersburg Theological Seminary. He received a preaching license from the synod at Winchester, Virginia, and in 1844 became pastor of the German Reformed Church in Lewisburg. Around 1851, he moved to the First Reformed Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and in 1860 to Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Around 1863, he became a professor of didactic and practical theology at Mercersburg Seminary. His works include:

Hymns and Chants for Sunday Schools, 1861

Harbaugh’s Harfe, 1870



The original last line of stanza 2 is:

In my eternal home.


The original last line of the hymn is:

Makes heaven forever mine.

Nathan S

Raleigh, NC, United States

NO LONGER I, but Christ.