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O for a faith that will not shrink

The power of faith.óLuke xvii. 5.

Poet: William Hiley Bathurst, 1831
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
O for a faith that will not shrink
Though press'd by every foe;
That will not tremble on the brink
Of poverty or woe:

Security 66, Stanza 1a
That will not murmur nor complain
Beneath the chastening rod;
But in the hour of grief or pain
Can lean upon its God:

Security 66, Stanza 1b
A faith that shines more bright and clear
When tempests rage without;
That, when in danger, knows no fear;
In darkness feels no doubt:

Security 66, Stanza 2a
That bears unmov'd the world's dread frown,
Nor heeds its scornful smile;
That sin's wild ocean cannot drown,
Nor its soft arts beguile:

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

Lord, give me such a faith as this,
And then, whate'er may come,
I'll taste even now the hallow'd bliss
Of an eternal home.

Security 66, Stanza 2b

Bathhurst, W. H. Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use. London: Hatchard and Sons, 1831.