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The beautiful words and lyrics of the cherished hymn begin with "And am I born to die? To lay this body down" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Born to Die" hymn were written by its English author Charles Wesley. The author of the hymn, Charles Wesley, was born on December 18, 1707 and died on March 29, 1788. The love filled music that accompanies the "Born to Die" song of praise was composed by William Henry Monk.  The composer of the music to the "Born to Die" hymn, William Henry Monk, was born on March 16, 1823 and died on March 1, 1889. We have placed "Born to Die" in the category of Christian Songs. Enjoy the edifying lyrics of this popular Christian song and classic church hymn.

Born to Die Hymn
Title: Born to Die *** Name of Composer: William Henry Monk *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Charles Wesley *** Hymns Category: Christian Songs



Author of the Lyrics
The author of the inspirational words of the "Born to Die" lyrics, Charles Wesley (December 18, 1707-March 29, 1788), was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England and achieved fame as a leader of the Methodist movement and his prolific hymn writing of over 6000 hymns.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Born to Die", William Henry Monk ( March 16, 1823-March 1, 1889), was born in London, England and became famous as a singing teacher, musical director, musician and composer.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Born to Die
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Charles Wesley (December 18, 1707 to March 29, 1788)
Nationality of Author: English

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: William Henry Monk ( March 16, 1823 to March 1, 1889)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "And am I born to die? To lay this body down"
First Publication Date: 1763


Born to Die Lyrics

And am I born to die?
To lay this body down?
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown?

A land of deepest shade,
Unpierced by human thought,
The dreary regions of the dead,
Where all things are forgot?

Soon as from earth I go,
What will become of me?
Eternal happiness or woe
Must then my portion be:

Waked by the trumpet's sound,
I from my grave shall rise,
And see the Judge, with glory crowned,
And see the flaming skies!

How shall I leave my tomb?
With triumph or regret?
A fearful or a joyful doom,
A curse or blessing meet?

Will angel bands convey
Their brother to the bar?
Or devils drag my soul away,
To meet its sentence there?

Who can resolve the doubt
That tears my anxious breast?
Shall I be with the damned cast out,
Or numbered with the blest?

I must from God be driven,
Or with my Savior dwell;
Must come at His command to Heaven,
Or elseódepart to hell!

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