O for a faith that will not shrink (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2010-10-08)  CPDL #22417:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-10-08).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 15 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From the Church Hymnary, 1929.

General Information

Title: O for a faith that will not shrink
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Tune: St Leonard
Lyricist: William Hiley Bathurst

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

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Original text and translations

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1. O for a faith that will not shrink,
 Though pressed by many a foe,
 That will not tremble on the brink
 Of poverty or woe.

2. That will not murmur nor complain
 Beneath the chast'ning rod,
 But, in the hour of grief and pain,
 Can lean upon its God;

3. A faith that shines more bright and clear
 When tempests rage without,
 That when in danger knows no fear,
 In darkness feels no doubt;

4. A faith that keeps the narrow way
 Till life's last spark is fled,
 And with a pure and heavenly ray
 Lights up a dying bed!

5. Lord, give me such a faith as this,
 And then, whate'er may come,
 I taste e'en now the hallowed bliss
 Of an eternal home.