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Faith of our fathers, taught of old

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1 Faith of our fathers, taught of old
By faithful shepherds of the fold,
The hallowing of our nation;
Thou wast through many a wealthy year,
Through may a darkened day of fear
The rock of our salvation.

Arise, arise, good Christian men,
Your glorious standard raise again,
The Cross of Christ who calls you;
Who bids you live and bids you die
For his great cause, and stands on high
To witness what befalls you.

2 *Our father heard the trumpet call
Through lowly cot and kingly hall
From oversea resounding;
They bowed their stubborn wills to learn
The truths that live, the thoughts that burn,
With new resolve abounding.

*Arise, arise, good Christian men,
Your glorious standard raise again,
The Cross of Christ who guides you;
Whose arm is bared to join the fray,
Who marshals you in stern array,
Fearless, whate'er betides you.

3 Our fathers held the faith received,
By Saints declared, by Saints believed.
By Saints in death defended;
Through pain of doubt and bitterness,
Through pain of treason and distress,
They for the right contended.

Arise, arise, good Christian men,
Your glorious standard raise again,
The Cross of Christ who bought you;
Who leads you forth in this new age
With long-enduring hearts to wage
The warfare he has taught you.

4 *Through frequent be the loud alarms,
Though still we march by ambushed arms
Of death and hell surrounded,
With Christ for chief we fear no foe,
Nor force nor craft can overthrow
The Church that he has founded.

*Arise, arise, good Christian men,
Your glorious standard raise again,
The Cross where with he signed you;
The King himself shall lead you on,
Shall watch you till the strife be done,
Then near his throne shall find you.

Source: The New English Hymnal #479

Author: T. A. Lacey

Lacey, Thomas Alexander, s. of G. F. Lacey, was b. at Nottingham, Dec. 20, 1853. He entered Balliol Coll., Oxford, as an exhibitioner in 1871 (B.A. 1876, M.A. 1885), was ordained D. 1876, P. 1879, was from 1894 to 1903 Vicar of Madingley near Cambridge, and since then has been Chaplain of the London Diocesan Penitentiary. He was one of the Committee who compiled The English Hymnal, 1906, and contributed to it twelve translations (8, 66, 67, 69, 104, 123, 124, 174, 208, 226, 249, 325), also one unpublished and one previously published original, viz., 1. O Faith of England, taught of old. [Church Defence.] 2. The dying robber raised his aching brow. [Good Friday.] First in the Treasury, Sept. 1905, p. 482, headed "Sursum." T… Go to person page >

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First Line: Faith of our fathers, taught of old
Author: T. A. Lacey
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



GENEVAN 68 is usually attributed to Matthäus Greiter (b. Aichach, Bavaria, 1490; d. Strasbourg, France, 1550). It was published as a setting for Psalm 119 in Das dritt theil Strassburger Kirchenampt (1525), which Greiter and his friend Wolfgang Dachstein edited. Greiter studied at Freiburg Universi…

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