For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
"To die is gain," said Paul. "Out upon thee, thou ugly, foul phantom," said Charles Lamb, the mere man of letters, "I detest, abhor, and execrate thee, to be shunned as a universal viper, to be branded, proscribed, and evil spoken of. I care not to be carried with the tide that smoothly bears human life to eternity. I am in love with this green earth, the face of town and country, the unspeakable rural solitudes and the sweet security of streets. I would set up my tabernacle here — a new state of being staggers me."
(J. F. B. Tinling, B. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.