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Death Is No Death

The following lines are attributed to John Hooper. Tradition says they were written in coal on the wall of the cell in which he was held before his execution.


Content thyself with patience
With Christ to bear the cup of pain:
Who can and will thee recompense
A thousand-fold, with joys again.
Let nothing cause thy heart to fail:
Launch out thy boat, hoist up the sail,
Put from the shore;
And be thou sure thou shalt attain
Unto the port, that shall remain
For evermore.

Fear not death, pass not for bands,
Only in God put thy whole trust;
For He will require thy blood at their hands,
And thou dost know that once die thou must,
Only for that, thy life if thou give,
Death is no death, but ever for to live.
Do not despair:
Of no worldly tyrant be thou in dread;
Thy compass, which is God’s Word, shall thee lead,
And the wind is fair.

—in J. C. Ryle, Light from Old Times (Banner of Truth, 2015), 83.

Posted 2017·05·15 by David Kjos
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