Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >
Blest is the faith, divine and strong. F. W. Faber. [The Christian Life.] Appeared in his Oratory Hymns, 1854, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and the chorus, "O Sion's songs are sweet to sing." In the 1855 edition of the Cooke & Denton Hymnal, it was given with alterations to adapt it for use in the Church of England. In this form it is in a limited number of collections, the original being retained in the Roman Catholic hymnals.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)