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Frederick William Faber
1814 - 1863

      Frederick William Faber, British hymn writer and theologian, was born at Calverley, Yorkshire, where his grandfather, Thomas Faber, was vicar. Faber attended the grammar school of Bishop Auckland for a short time, but a large portion of his boyhood was spent in Westmorland. He afterwards went to Harrow and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1835, he obtained a scholarship at University College. In 1836, he won the Newdigate Prize for a poem on "The Knights of St John," which elicited special praise from John Keble. Among his college friends were Dean Stanley and Roundell Palmer, 1st Earl of Selborne.

      Among his best-known hymns are: "Souls of Men, Why Will Ye Scatter", "Faith of Our Fathers", and "My God, How Wonderful Thou Art".

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DevotionalDark Recesses
      "... then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you" (John 20:26). There is hardly a man or woman in the world, who has not got some corner of self into which he or she fears to venture with a light. The reasons for this may be various, as various as the individual souls. Nevertheless, in spite of t ...read
HymnFaith Of Our Fathers
      Verse 1 Faith of our fathers living still, In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword, Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy, When e'er we hear that glorious word, Faith of our fathers, holy faith, We will be true to thee till death. Verse 2 Faith of our fathers! We will strive To win all nations unto Thee And through the truth that comes fro ...read
DevotionalKind Listeners
      "To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose them that are appointed to death" (Ps. 102:20). There is also a grace of kind listening, as well as a grace of kind speaking. Some men listen with an abstracted air, which shows that their thoughts are elsewhere. Or they seem to listen, but by wide answers and irrelevant questions show that they h ...read
HymnOne God! One Majesty!
      One God ! One Majesty! There is no God but Thee! Unbounded, unextended Unity! Awful in unity, O God! we worship Thee, More simply one, because supremely Three! Dread, unbeginning One! Single, yet not alone, Creation hath not set Thee on a higher throne Unfathomable Sea! All life is out of Thee, And Thy life is Thy blis ...read

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