1 My faith, it is an oaken staff,
The trav'ler’s well-loved aid;
My faith, it is a weapon stout,
The soldier’s trusty blade.
I’ll travel on, and still be stirred
By silent thought or social word;
By all my perils undeterred,
A soldier pilgrim staid.
2 I have a guide, and in His steps
When travelers have trod,
Whether beneath was flinty rock
Or yielding grassy sod,
They cared not, but with force unspent,
Unmoved by pain, they onward went,
Unstayed by pleasures, still they bent
Their zealous course to God.
3 My faith, it is an oaken staff,
O let me on it lean!
My faith, it is a trusty sword,
May falsehood find it keen!
Thy Spirit, Lord, to me impart,
O make me what Thou ever art,
Of patient and courageous heart,
As all true saints have been.
Lynch, Thomas Toke, was born at Dunmow, Essex, July 5, 1818, and educated at a school at Islington, in which he was afterwards an usher. For a few months he was a student at the Highbury Independent College; but withdrew, partly on account of failing health, and partly because his spirit was too free to submit to the routine of College life. From 1847 to 1849 he was Minister of a small charge at Highgate, and from 1849 to 1852 of a congregation in Mortimer Street, which subsequently migrated to Grafton Street, Fitzroy Square. From 1856 to 1859 he was laid aside by illness. In 1860 he resumed his ministry with his old congregation, in a room in Gower Street, where he remained until the opening of his new place of worship, in 1862, (Morningto… Go to person page >
Display Title: My Faith, It Is an Oaken StaffFirst Line: My faith, it is an oaken staffTune Title: THE STAFF OF FAITHAuthor: Thomas T. Lynch, 1818-1871Meter: 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168Scripture: Ephesians 6:13Date: 2007Subject: Assurance | ; Courage | ; Faithfulness | ; Pilgrim / Pilgrimage |
Display Title: My Faith, It Is an Oaken StaffFirst Line: My faith, it is an oaken staffTune Title: THE STAFF OF FAITHAuthor: Thomas T. LynchMeter: 22.214.171.124Source: The Rivulet: A Contribution to Sacred Song (London: Longman, 1855).
Display Title: My Faith, It Is an Oaken StaffFirst Line: My faith it is an oaken staffTune Title: THE STAFF OF FAITHAuthor: Thomas T. LynchMeter: 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.Date: 1995Subject: Faith and Aspiration | ; Jesus Christ | Guide and Leader; Pilgrimage | ; Travelers | ; Year B | Proper 18; Year C | Proper 15