O for a faith that will not shrinkAuthor: William Hiley Bathurst
Published in 580 hymnals
1 O for a faith that will not shrink.
Though pressed by many a foe,
That will not tremble on the brink
Of any earthly woe;
2 That will not murmur nor complain
Beneath the chastening rod,
But, in the hour of grief or 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.
6. 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.
The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895
O for a faith that will not shrink. W. H. Bathurst. [Faith.] First published in his Psalms and Hymns, &c, 1831, Hy. 86, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The Power of Faith." As found in Hymns Ancient & Modern, the Hymnal Companion, and others, stanza iv. is omitted. Its omission is a great gain to the hymn, as it mars its simplicity and tenderness. It reads:—
"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."
The use of this hymn is great, and more especially in America, where it is given in most of the leading collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #405||Oh, for a faith that will not shrink||Oh, for a Faith That Will Not Shrink||William H. Bathurst, 1796-1877||Alexander R. Reinagle, 1799-1877||220.127.116.11||ST. PETER||D Major||1993|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #364||O for a faith that will not shrink||O for a Faith That Will Not Shrink||W. H. Bathurst, 1796-1877||R. Redhead, 1820-1901||18.104.22.168||WOLVERHAMPTON||E Flat Major||English||1996|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #379||O for a faith that will not shrink||O for a Faith That Will Not Shrink||William H. Bathurst, 1796-1877||William H. Havergal, 1793-1870||EVAN||A Flat Major||English||1982|