Scripture Verse

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. Hebrews 11:1–2

Introduction

Words: Ar­thur B. Pat­ten, 1920.

Music: St. Ca­the­rine (Wal­ton) ar­ranged by James G. Wal­ton in Crown of Je­sus Mu­sic, by Hen­ri F. He­my (Lon­don, 1864) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Pat­ten, He­my or Wal­ton (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

illustration
Young Mother
Georges M. de Tours (1848–1901)

Faith of our mo­thers, liv­ing still
In cra­dle song and bed­time pray­er;
In nur­se­ry lore and fire­side love,
Thy pre­sence still per­vades the air:
Faith of our mo­thers, liv­ing faith!
We will be true to thee to death.

Faith of our mo­thers, lov­ing faith,
Fount of our child­hood’s trust and grace,
Oh, may thy con­se­cra­tion prove
Source of a fin­er, nob­ler race:
Faith of our mo­thers, lov­ing faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our mo­thers, guid­ing faith,
For youth­ful long­ing, youth­ful doubt,
How blurred our vi­sion, blind our way,
Thy pro­vi­den­tial care with­out:
Faith of our mo­thers, guid­ing faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our mo­thers, Chris­tian faith,
Is truth be­yond our stum­bling creeds,
Still serve the home and save the Church,
And breathe thy spi­rit through our deeds:
Faith of our mo­thers, Chris­tian faith!
We will be true to thee till death.