Raised in the Church of England, Frederick W. Faber (b. Calverly, Yorkshire, England, 1814; d. Kensington, London, England, 1863) came from a Huguenot and strict Calvinistic family background. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and ordained in the Church of England in 1839. Influenced by the teaching of John Henry Newman, Faber followed Newman into the Roman Catholic Church in 1845 and served under Newman's supervision in the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Because he believed that Roman Catholics should sing hymns like those written by John Newton, Charles Wesley, and William Cowpe, Faber wrote 150 hymns himself. One of his best known, "Faith of Our Fathers," originally had these words in its third stanza: "Faith of Our Fathers! Mary'… Go to person page >
O it is hard to work for God. F. W. Faber. [Trial of Faith.] Appeared in his Jesus and Mary, &c., 1849, in 19 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "The Right must Win;" also repeated in his Hymns, 1862. The following centos fom this hymn are in common use:-- (1) "O it is hard to work for God:" (2) "God's glory is a wondrous thing:" (3) "O blest is he to whom is given:" and (4) "Workman of God, O lose not heart."
John B. Dykes (PHH 147) composed ST. AGNES for [Jesus the Very Thought of Thee]. Dykes named the tune after a young Roman Christian woman who was martyred in A.D. 304 during the reign of Diocletian. St. Agnes was sentenced to death for refusing to marry a nobleman to whom she said, "I am already eng…
Display Title: Oh, It Is Hard to Work for GodFirst Line: Oh, it is hard to work for GodTune Title: GREENWICHAuthor: Frederick W. FaberMeter: CMSource: Jesus and Mary, 1849. Several variants of these lyrics have been published; This version appeared in Hymns Ancient and Modern.