Firmly I Believe and Truly

The text of this hymn is from a section of the poem “The Dream of Ge­ron­ti­us” by John Henry Newman (Cardinal Newman, Blessed John Henry Newman) poem which was published in 1865.

With an 87 87 meter, tunes it has been set to include:
  • SHIPSTON, an tra­di­tion­al Eng­lish mel­o­dy - an arrangement by Ralph Vaugh­an Will­iams was published in 1906
  • STAFFORD, by Johann Georg Christian Störl (1675 - 1719)
  • ALTON by Patrick Robert Norman Appleford (1925 - )
  • HALTON HOLGATE aka SHARON, by William Boyce (1710 - 1779) (here)
  • DRAKES BOUGHTON by Edward Elgar (1857-1934) (here)

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Tune: SHIPTON

YouTube also has a version to the DRAKES BOUGHTON tune.


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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