O for a faith that will not shrink
O for a faith that will not shrink. William Hiley Bathurst* (1796-1877).
First published in Bathurst’s Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use (1831) in six verses. It appeared in many 19th-century books, including the Scottish Church Hymnary (1898), Methodist books (Primitive Methodist Hymnal, 1887, United Methodist Church Hymnal, 1889), and was included in A&M (1904) and A&MS. It began:
O for a faith that will not shrink Though pressed by many a foe,That will not tremble on the brink Of poverty and woe.
That will not murmur or complain Beneath the chastening rod,But, in the hour of grief or pain, Can lean upon its God;
The original stanza 4 was normally omitted:
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