Firmly I Believe and Truly

This is a hymn about the Trinity.

The words are from (part of) the poem  “The Dream of Gerontius”, which it is from was first published in 1865, and written by English Anglican-turned-Roman-Catholic theologian priest and later cardinal, John Henry Newman (aka Blessed John Henry Newman - 1808-1890).  
With meter of 87 87, tunes it has been set to include:
  • SHIPSTON, a traditional English melody, usually used in 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)
  • DRAKES BOUGHTON by Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • STUTTGART  from the Psalmodia Sacra (1715),  attributed to Christian Friedrich Witt (1715).


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Choir with organ. Tune: SHIPTON

Junior choir with organ, tune HALTON HOLGATE

Small choir with organ:

Solo singer, organ accompaniment, tune DRAKES BROUGHTON


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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