Faith is a Living Power from Heaven   2 comments

Christ Pantocrator Icon

Above:  Icon of Christ Pantocrator

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Original German Text (1566) by Petrus Herbert (1530-1571)

English Translation (1858) by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

Hymn Source = Lyra Germanica:  The Christian Life (1858)

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Faith is a living power from heaven,

That grasps the promise God hath given,

A truth that cannot be o’erthrown,

Fix’d heartily on Christ alone.

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Faith finds in Christ whate’er we need

To save or strengthen us indeed,

Receives the grace He sends us down,

And makes us share His cross and crown.

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Faith in the conscience worketh peace,

And bids the mourner’s weeping cease;

By Faith the children’s place we claim,

And give all honour to One Name.

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Faith feels the Spirit’s kindling breath

In love and hope that conquer death;

Faith worketh hourly joy in God,

And trusts and believes e’en the rod.

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We thank Thee then, O God of heaven,

That Thou to us this faith hast given

In Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who is

Our only Fount and Source of bliss;

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And from His fullness grant each soul

The rightful faith’s true end and goal,

The blessedness no foes destroy,

Eternal love and light and joy.

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