#84 Faith of Our Fathers

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1. Faith of our fathers, living still
In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;
Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene’er we hear that glorious word.

Faith of our fathers, holy faith,
We will be true to thee till death!

2. Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto thee,
And thru the truth that comes from God,
Mankind shall then be truly free.

3. Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife,
And preach thee, too, as love knows how,
By kindly words and virtuous life.

Text: Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863
Music: Henri F. Hemy, 1818-1888; refrain, James G. Walton, 1821-1905

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Frederick W Faber

Frederick William Faber (28 June 1814 — 26 September 1863) was a British hymn writer and theologian. He was born at Calverley,Yorkshire, where his grandfather, Thomas Faber, was vicar.

Among his best-known hymns are:

  • Faith of Our Fathers (hymn)
  • Father of Mercies, Day by Day (1849)
  • I was wandering and weary
  • Jesus is God, the glorious bands (n. 298, The Church Hymn Book (1872)), written in 1862
  • My God, how wonderful thou art (n. 195 in Hymn Book), written in 1849
  • O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord (n. 754, Hymn Book), written in 1848
  • O paradise! O paradise (n. 1443, Hymn Book), written in 1849
  • Oh, come and mourn with me awhile (n. 464, Hymn Book), written in 1849
  • Oh, gift of gifts (n. 676, Hymn Book), written in 1848
  • Sweet Saviour, bless us were we go
  • There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (translated into Swedish in 1970 by Britt G. Hallqvist)
  • The Greatness of God
  • The Will of God
  • The Eternal Father
  • The God of my Childhood
  • The Pilgrims of the Night
  • The Land beyond the Sea
  • The Shadow of the Rock

Those hymns are also used in Protestant collections as well. Faber was a supporter of congregational singing and wrote his hymns in an age when English Catholics did not necessarily feel comfortable singing the hymns of their Protestant neighbors. So Faber, as a Catholic, expanded their hymns suitable for congregational singing and encouraged the practice.[7]

Music By: Henri F Henry & James G Walton