Hymnary Friends,

We don't often ask for money.

But, before you hit the "close" button on this box, please consider a donation to keep Hymnary.org going.

You are one of more than half a million people who come here every month: worship leaders, hymnologists, hymn lovers and many more. Here at Hymnary.org, you have free access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet. But this project does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue.

So if you benefit from Hymnary.org, would you please consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

You can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, or you can click the Donate button below to be taken to a secure site.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team,
Harry Plantinga

Author of faith, eternal Word

Author of faith, eternal Word

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 83 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1. Author of Faith, eternal Word,
Whose Spirit breathes the active flame;
Faith, like its Finisher and Lord,
To-day, as yesterday, the same:

2. To Thee our humble hearts aspire,
And ask the gift unspeakable;
Increase in us the kindled fire,
In us the work of faith fulfil.

3. By faith we know Thee strong to save;
Save us, a present Saviour Thou!
Whate'er we hope, by faith we have,
Future and past subsisting now.

4. To him that in Thy name believes
Eternal life with Thee is given;
Into himself he all receives,
Pardon, and holiness, and heaven.

5. The things unknown to feeble sense,
Unseen by reason's glimmering ray,
With strong, commanding evidence,
Their heavenly origin display.

6. Faith lends its realizing light,
The clouds disperse, the shadows fly,
The Invisible appears in sight,
And God is seen by mortal eye.

Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #13

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >


Author of faith, Eternal Word. C. Wesley. [Faith.] This poem is a paraphrase of Heb. xi. It appeared in 88 stanzas of 4 lines in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1740, with the title "The Life of Faith." In 1780 J. Wesley gave stanzas i.-vi. as No. 92 in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, (ed. 1875, No. 95). From the Wesleyan Hymn Book it has passed into most of the collections of the Methodist denominations in Great Britain and America, and also into other hymnals. Full original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. pp. 209-221. The poem as a whole, is criticised in the Wesleyan Magazine, 1839, p. 381. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #306
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 5 of 5)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #381Page Scan
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #662
Singing the Faith #457
The Cyber Hymnal #306TextScoreAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #565
Include 78 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us