Faith, Hope, and Charity,--these three,
Yet is the greatest Charity!
Father of lights, those gifts impart
To mine and every human heart:--
Faith, that in prayer can never fail,
Hope, that o'er doubting must prevail,
And Charity, whose name above
Is God's own name, for "God is love."
The morning star is lost in light,
Faith vanishes at perfect sight;
The rainbow passes with the storm,
And Hope with sorrow's fading form:--
But Charity, serene, sublime,
Beyond the range of death and time,
Like the blue sky's all-bounding space,
Holds heaven and earth in its embrace.
Sacred Poems and Hymns
Faith, hope, and charity, these three. J. Montgomery. [Faith, Hope, and Charity.] In the Montgomery Manuscript this hymn is dated "Jan. 27, 1834." It was printed in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 164, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Christian Graces.” It is given in a few hymn-books in Great Britain and America: as Dr. Martineau's Hymns of Praise and Prayer, 1873; the New York Hymns & Songs of Praise, 1874, and others.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)