"Oh, for a Faith That Will Not Shrink"
by William H. Bathhurst, 1796-1877
THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)
1. Oh, for a faith that will not shrink
Tho' pressed by many a foe;
That will not tremble on the brink
Of poverty or woe;
2. That will not murmur nor complain
Beneath the chast'ning rod,
But in the hour of grief or pain
Can lean upon its God;
3. A faith that shines more bright and clear
When tempests rage without;
That, when in danger, knows no fear,
In darkness feels no doubt;
4. That bears unmoved the world's dread frown
Nor heeds its scornful smile;
That sin's wild ocean cannot drown
Nor Satan's arts beguile;
5. A faith that keeps the narrow way
Till life's last spark is fled
And with a pure and heavenly ray
Lights up the dying bed.
6. Lord give us such a faith as this;
And then, whate'er may come,
We'll taste e'en now the hallowed bliss
Of an eternal home.
Hymn #396 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Luke 17:5
Author: William H. Bathhurst, 1831, alt.
Composer: Alexander R. Reinagle, 1836
Tune: "St. Peter"