Firmly I believe and truly (Shipston)

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Hymn – Firmly I believe and truly – Lyrics

Firmly I believe and truly
God is Three, and God is One;
And I next acknowledge duly
Manhood taken by the Son.

And I trust and hope most fully
In that Manhood crucified;
And each thought and deed unruly
Do to death, as He has died.

Simply to His grace and wholly
Light and life and strength belong,
And I love supremely, solely,
Him the holy, Him the strong.

And I hold in veneration,
For the love of Him alone,
Holy Church as His creation,
And her teachings are His own.

And I take with joy whatever
Now besets me, pain or fear,
And with a strong will I sever
All the ties which bind me here.

Adoration aye be given,
With and through the angelic host,
To the God of earth and Heaven,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.


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  • Tune: Shipston
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890)
  • Church Year: Trinity
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.
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