Over the past few months as I have traveled and spoken in various places, one particular hymn has popped up repeatedly in the selections. And in case you have noticed that I don’t exactly sing it out, there’s a reason. Read it for yourself, not as it appears in Protestant hymnals today, but as it was originally written by Frederick W. Faber:

Faith of our fathers, living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whenever we hear that glorious Word!

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

Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
We all shall then be truly free.

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Faith of our fathers, Mary’s prayers
Shall win our country back to Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
England shall then indeed be free.

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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.

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