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Faith of our Fathers Lyrics and Music

The rousing words and lyrics of this much loved Patriotic song begin with "Faith of our fathers, living still, In spite of dungeon, fire and sword" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of this "Faith of our Fathers" song were written by its English author, Frederick William Faber. The author of the hymn, Frederick William Faber, was born on June 28, 1814 and died on September 26, 1863. The invigorating music that accompanies the Patriotic words of the "Faith of our Fathers" song was composed by James George Walton.  The composer of the music to the "Faith of our Fathers" song, James George Walton, was born on February 19, 1821 and died on September 1, 1905. We have placed "Faith of our Fathers" in the category of Patriotic Songs. Enjoy the loyal lyrics of this famous, inspirational song.

Faith of our Fathers Hymn
Title: Faith of our Fathers *** Name of Composer: James George Walton *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Frederick William Faber *** Hymns Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns

 

 

Author of the Lyrics
The patriot and author of the words of the "Faith of our Fathers" lyrics, Frederick William Faber (June 28, 1814-September 26, 1863), was born in Calverley vicarage, West Yorkshire, England and achieved fame as a Hymn writer, an Anglican clergyman who changed to Roman Catholicism.

History of "Faith of our Fathers"
The history of this song commemorates the Catholic men and women who died following the establishment of the Church of England by King Henry VIII and his demands for all his people to recognize himself as the head of the church in England as opposed to the Pope. Many Catholics died for their beliefs 'In spite of dungeon, fire and sword'.

Composer of Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Faith of our Fathers", James George Walton (February 19, 1821-September 1, 1905), was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, England and became famous as a composer and musician.

Information about this Patriotic Song
Title of Hymn / Patriotic Song: Faith of our Fathers
Author of Lyrics: Frederick William Faber (June 28, 1814 to September 26, 1863)
Nationality of Author: English

Name of Composer of Music: James George Walton (February 19, 1821 to September 1, 1905)
Hymn Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns
First Line of Hymn: "Faith of our fathers, living still, In spite of dungeon, fire and sword"
First Publication Date: 1849

 

Faith of our Fathers Lyrics

Faith of our Fathers! living still
In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword:
Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene'er we hear that glorious word.
Faith of our Fathers! Holy Faith!

We will be true to thee till death.

Our Fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free:
How sweet would be their children's fate,
If they, like them, could die for thee!
Faith of our Fathers! Holy Faith!

We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our Fathers! Mary's prayers
Shall win our country back to thee:
And through the truth that comes from God
England shall then indeed be free.
Faith of our Fathers! Holy Faith!

We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our Fathers! we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife:
And preach thee too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life:
Faith of our Fathers! Holy Faith!

We will be true to thee till death.

The words of the last verse were adapted as follows and used by many Protestant churches.

Faith of our Fathers! we will strive
To win all nations unto thee,
And through the truth that comes from God,
We all shall then be truly free.

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