Faith of the martyrs

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*Faith of the martyrs, living still 
in spite of dungeon, fire and sword, 
oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
whenever we hear that glorious word! 

        Faith of the martyrs, holy faith, 
        we will be true to thee till death. 

The martyrs chained in prisons dark, 
were still in heart and conscience free, 
and blessed would be their children's fate, 
if they, like them, should die for thee! ... (Refrain)

*Faith of the martyrs, we will love 
both friends and foe in all our strife,
and preach thee, too, as love knows how, 
by saving word and faithful life! ... ( Refrain)

        *Alternate phrases: "Faith of our fathers," or "Faith of our mothers"

#413 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Frederick W. Faber, Jesus and Mary, 1849, alt.
   Tune:  Henri F. Hemy, 1864, 
             adapted by James G. Walton, Plainsong Music for the Holy Communion Office, 1874

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