Help Me Die

Lord of essential life, help me to die.
To will to die is one with highest life,
The mightiest act that to will's hand doth lie --
Born of God's essence, and of man's hard strife:
God, give me strength my evil self to kill,
And die into the heaven of thy pure will.
Then shall this body's death be very tolerable.

-- from the March Twenty-sixth stanza of George MacDonald's Diary of an Old Soul