Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.@Hebrews 11:1
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John B. Dykes (1823-1876)

Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs 1706, Book I, number 120.

St. Agnes John B. Dykes, in Hymnal for Use in the English Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Faith is the brightest evidence
Of things beyond our sight,
Breaks through the clouds of flesh and sense,
And dwells in heav’nly light.

It sets times past in present view,
Brings distant prospects home,
Of things a thousand years ago,
Or thousand years to come.

By faith we know the world were made
By God’s almighty Word;
Abra’m, to unknown countries led,
By faith obeyed the Lord.

He sought a city fair and high,
Built by th’eternal hands,
And faith assures us, though we die,
That heav’nly building stands.