Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.@Hebrews 11:1–2
Frederick W. Faber (1814–1863)

Frederick W. Faber, Jesus and Mary (London: 1849), alt.; refrain by James G. Walton, 1874. This hymn was sung at the 1915 funeral of Fanny Crosby in the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was also sung at the 1945 funeral of American president Franklin Roosevelt, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

St. Catherine (Walton) arranged by James G. Walton in Crown of Jesus Music, by Henri F. Hemy (London: 1864) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Faith of our fathers! living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
Oh how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene’er we hear that glorious Word!


Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free:
How sweet would be their children’s fate,
If they, like them, could die for Thee!


Faith of our fathers! we will strive
To win all nations unto Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
We all shall then be truly free.


Faith of our fathers! we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach Thee, too, as love knows how,
By kindly words and virtuous life.


Reflecting Faber’s Catholic roots, the original third stanza was:

Faith of our fathers, Mary’s prayers
Shall win our country back to Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
England shall then indeed be free.