Faith Is a Living Power from Heaven

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1 Faith is a living pow'r from heav'n
That grasps the promise God hath giv'n,
A trust that cannot be o’erthrown,
Fixed heartily on Christ alone.

2 Faith finds in Christ whate’er we need
To save or strengthen us indeed,
Receives the grace He sends us down,
And makes us share His cross and crown.

3 Faith in the conscience worketh peace,
And bids the mourner’s weeping cease;
By faith the children’s place we claim
And give all honor to one Name.

4 Faith feels the Spirit’s kindling breath
In love and hope that conquer death;
Faith worketh hourly joy in God
And trusts and blesses e’en the rod.

5 We thank Thee, then, O God of heav'n,
That Thou to us this faith hast giv'n
In Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who is
Our only fount and source of bliss.

6 And from His fullness grant each soul
The rightful faith’s true end and goal:
The blessedness no foes destroy,
Eternal love, and light, and joy.



Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #361

Author: Petrus Herbertus

Herbert, Petrus, seems to have been a native of or resident at Fulnek in Moravia. He was ordained priest of the Brethren's Unity in 1562, became a member of the Select Council in 1567, and was latterly Consenior of the Unity. By the Unity he was entrusted with many important missions. He was sent as a deputy to confer with Calvin: and again in 1562 to arrange with Duke Christoph of Württemberg for the education at Tübingen of young men from the Bohemian Brethren. He was also one of the deputies sent to Vienna to present the revised form of the Brethren's Confession of Faith to the Emperor Maximilian II. in 1564, and in 1566 to present their new German Hymn Book. He died at Eibenschütz in 1571 (Koch, ii. 414; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographi… Go to person page >

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

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First Line: Faith is a living pow'r from heav'n
Title: Faith Is a Living Power from Heaven
German Title: Der Glaub ist ein lebend'ge Kraft
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Author: Petrus Herbertus
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Source: B. Brethren
Language: English

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #406
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