1 O Faith! thou workest miracles
Upon the hearts of men,
Choosing thy home in those same hearts
We know not how or when.
To one thy grave unearthly truths
A heav’nly vision seem
While to another’s eye they are
A superstitious dream.
2 To one the deepest doctrines look
So naturally true,
That when he learns the lesson first
He hardly thinks it new.
To other hearts the selfsame truths
No light or heat can bring
They are but puzzling phrases strung
Like beads upon a string.
3 O gift of gifts! O grace of faith!
My God! how can it be?
That Thou, who hast discerning love,
Shouldst give that gift to me?
There was a place, there was a time,
Whether by night or day,
Thy Spirit came and left that gift,
And went upon His way.
4 How many hearts Thou mightst have had
More innocent than mine!
How many souls more worthy far
Of that sweet touch of Thine!
Ah grace! into unlikeliest hearts
It is thy boast to come,
The glory of thy light to find
In darkest spots a home.
5 How will they live, how will they die,
How bear the cross of grief,
Who have not got the light of faith,
The courage of belief?
The crowd of cares, the weightiest cross
Seem trifles less than light,
Earth looks so little and so low,
When faith shines full and bright.
6 O happy, happy that I am!
If thou canst be, O faith!
The treasure that thou art in life,
What wilt thou be in death?
Thy choice, O God of goodness! then
I lovingly adore;
O give me grace to keep Thy grace,
And grace to merit more!
Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >
O Faith! thou workest miracles. F. W. Faber. [Faith.] Appeared in his Jesus and Mary, 1849, in 12 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Conversion." It was also included in his Hymns, 1862. The hymn "O Gift of gifts! O grace of Faith," in the Hymnary, 1872, and others, is composed of stanzas v. vii.-x. and xii. of this hymn slightly altered.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: O Faith! Thou Workest MiraclesFirst Line: O Faith! thou workest miraclesTune Title: YOUR SAVIOUR WEPTAuthor: Frederick W. FaberMeter: CMDSource: Jesus and Mary (London: James Burns, 1849)