Speak thou the truth, let others fence

Speak thou the truth, let others fence

Author: Henry Alford
Tune: FAITH (Dykes)
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Speak thou the truth: let others fence,
And trim their words for pay;
In pleasant sunshine of pretence
Let others bask their day.

2 Show thou thy light: if conscience gleam,
Set not thy bushel down;
The smallest spark may send his beam
O'er hamlet, tower, and town.

3 Hold on, hold on thou hast the rock;
The foes are on the sand:
The first world-tempest's ruthless shock
Scatters their shifting strand;

4 While each wild gust the mist shall clear
We now see darkly through,
And justified at last appear
The true, in Him that's true.

Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #353

Author: Henry Alford

Alford, Henry, D.D., son of  the Rev. Henry Alford, Rector of Aston Sandford, b. at 25 Alfred Place, Bedford Row, London, Oct. 7, 1810, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in honours, in 1832. In 1833 he was ordained to the Curacy of Ampton. Subsequently he held the Vicarage of Wymeswold, 1835-1853,--the Incumbency of Quebec Chapel, London, 1853-1857; and the Deanery of Canterbury, 1857 to his death, which took. place  at  Canterbury, Jan. 12, 1871.  In addition he held several important appointments, including that of a Fellow of Trinity, and the Hulsean Lectureship, 1841-2. His literary labours extended to every department of literature, but his noblest undertaking was his edition of the Greek Testament, the result… Go to person page >

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