O it is hard to work for God

O it is hard to work for God

Author: Frederick W. Faber
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1. Oh, it is hard to work for God,
To rise and take His part
Upon this battlefield of earth,
And not sometimes lose heart!

2. He hides Himself so wondrously,
As though there were no God;
He is least seen when all the pow’rs
Of ill are most abroad.

3. Ah, God is other than we think,
His ways are far above,
Far beyond reason’s height, and reached
Only by childlike love.

4. Workman of God! O lose not heart,
But learn what God is like,
And in the darkest battlefield
Thou shalt know where to strike.

5. Then learn to scorn the praise of men,
And learn to lose with God;
For Jesus won the world through shame,
And beckons thee His road.

6. For right is right, as God is God,
And right the day must win;
To doubt would be disloyalty,
To falter were to sin.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5003

Author: Frederick W. Faber

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 >

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First Line: O it is hard to work for God
Author: Frederick W. Faber

Notes

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 Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology

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LONDON NEW


ST. AGNES (Dykes)

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…

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GREENWICH (Richardson)


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