Faith, Hope, and Charity

Faith, hope, and charity, these three

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 29 hymnals

Representative Text

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

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: Faith, hope, and charity, these three
Title: Faith, Hope, and Charity
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


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)



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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #276Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #350Page Scan
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #499Page Scan
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #464Page Scan
Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1040Page Scan
Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d106
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #388Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #388Page Scan
Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #238Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d114
Hymns of the Church, Ancient and Modern: for the use of all who love to sing the praises of God in Christ, in the family, the school, or the church; with a discourse on music as a divine ordinance... #387Page Scan
Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #415Page Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #493Page Scan
Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d132
Sacred Poems and Hymns #164Text
Songs of the Unity: a Selection of Lyrics for Public Worhip, with Tunes for Congregational Use #d45
The Advent Christian Hymnal #d207
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #493Page Scan
The Bible Harp #d70
The Church Hymn Book #d236
The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs": for public, social and family worship and private devotions at the Sanitarium, Clifton Springs, N. Y. #391Page Scan
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #929Page Scan
The Gospel Praise Book #d106
The Gospel Psalmist #380Page Scan
The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #419Page Scan
The Liturgy and the Office of Worship and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum, or the Moravian Church #415Page Scan
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #742Page Scan
Worship in the School Room #d35
Worship in the School Room: a manual of devotion intended especially for the school, also adapted to the family #328Page Scan
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