O it is hard to work for God

O it is hard to work for God

Author: Frederick W. Faber
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1. Oh, it is hard to work for God,
To rise and take His part
Upon this battlefield of earth,
And not sometimes lose heart!

2. He hides Himself so wondrously,
As though there were no God;
He is least seen when all the pow’rs
Of ill are most abroad.

3. Ah, God is other than we think,
His ways are far above,
Far beyond reason’s height, and reached
Only by childlike love.

4. Workman of God! O lose not heart,
But learn what God is like,
And in the darkest battlefield
Thou shalt know where to strike.

5. Then learn to scorn the praise of men,
And learn to lose with God;
For Jesus won the world through shame,
And beckons thee His road.

6. For right is right, as God is God,
And right the day must win;
To doubt would be disloyalty,
To falter were to sin.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5003

Author: Frederick W. Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >

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Author: Frederick W. Faber


O it is hard to work for God. F. W. Faber. [Trial of Faith.] Appeared in his Jesus and Mary, &c., 1849, in 19 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "The Right must Win;" also repeated in his Hymns, 1862. The following centos fom this hymn are in common use:-- (1) "O it is hard to work for God:" (2) "God's glory is a wondrous thing:" (3) "O blest is he to whom is given:" and (4) "Workman of God, O lose not heart."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology


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ST. AGNES (Dykes)

John B. Dykes (PHH 147) composed ST. AGNES for [Jesus the Very Thought of Thee]. Dykes named the tune after a young Roman Christian woman who was martyred in A.D. 304 during the reign of Diocletian. St. Agnes was sentenced to death for refusing to marry a nobleman to whom she said, "I am already eng…

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