O gift of gifts! O grace of faith!

O gift of gifts! O grace of faith! Frederick William Faber* (1814-1863). This hymn consists of stanzas taken from Faber’s hymn of twelve stanzas beginning ‘O Faith! thou workest miracles’, published in Faber’s Jesus and Mary: or Catholic Hymns (1849), and then in Faber’s Hymns (1862). It was entitled ‘Conversion’. Its early stanzas contain a meditation on the mystery of faith, why it appeals to some and not to others:  To one thy grave unearthly truths   A heavenly vision seem; While to another’s eye they are   A superstitious dream. Faber goes on to wonder that ‘To one the deepest doctrines look/ So naturally true’, while ‘To other hearts the selfsame truths/ No light or heat can...

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