God's law demands one living faith

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1. God's law demands one living faith,
And not a crowd of lifeless creeds;
Its warrant is a firm "God saith;"
Its claim not words, but living deeds.

2. O Lord, forgive thy holy law
Grows tarnish'd in our earthly clasp;
Pure in itself, without a flaw
It dims in our too worldly grasp.

3. Forgive the sacrilege, and take
From ev'ry soul th' unholy stain,
And help us for thy Son's dear sake,
To keep thy perfect law again.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #790

Author: C. A. Briggs

Briggs, C. A. A hymn beginning "God's law demands one living faith" is attributed to a person with this name in Hedge and Huntington's Hymns for the Church of Christ, (1853). It is probable, but not certain, that the author was Rev. Charles Briggs, Halifax, Massachusetts (January 17, 1791--December 1, 1873, Roxbury, Massachusetts). He graduated from Harvard College in 1815, and from Divinity School in 1818, was minister of the First Church in Lexington, Massachusetts, 1818-1834, and secretary of the American Unitarian Association, 1835-1848. --Henry Wilder Foote, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

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First Line: God's law demands one living faith
Author: C. A. Briggs



This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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Instances (1 - 11 of 11)

Christ in Song #d172

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #737

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #737

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d345

The Christian Hymnal #d214

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #197

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