Frederick William Faber

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Love is as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it, everybody seeks it, but few ever achieve it, those who do will cherish it, be lost in it, and among all, never... never forget it.
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Frederick William Faber (June 28, 1814 - September 26, 1863) was an English hymn writer and theologian.


  • The world is growing old;
    Who would not be at rest and free
    Where love is never cold?
    • Paradise.
  • O Paradise! O Paradise!
    Who doth not crave for rest?
    Who would not seek the happy land
    Where they that love are blest?
    • Paradise.
  • Hark! Hark! my soul, angelic songs are swelling
    O’er earth’s green fields and ocean’s wave-beat shore;
    How sweet the truth those blessed strains are telling
    Of that new life when sin shall be no more.
    • The Pilgrims of the Night.
  • O majesty unspeakable and dread!
    Wert thou less mighty than Thou art,
    Thou wert, O Lord, too great for our belief,
    Too little for our heart.
    • The Greatness of God.
  • The sea, unmated creature, tired and lone,
    Makes on its desolate sands eternal moan.
    • The Sorrowful World.
  • Labour itself is but a sorrowful song,
    The protest of the weak against the strong.
    • The Sorrowful World.
  • For right is right, since God is God,
    And right the day must win;
    To doubt would be disloyalty,
    To falter would be sin.
    • The Right Must Win. Compare: "That right was right, and there he would abide", George Crabbe, Tales, Tale xv, "The Squire and the Priest".


  • Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory.
  • For right is right, since God is God and right the day must win. To doubt would be disloyalty, to falter would be sin.
  • Kind thoughts are rarer than either kind words or deeds. They imply a great deal of thinking about others. This in itself is rare. But they also imply a great deal of thinking about others without the thoughts being criticisms. This is rarer still.
  • Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.
  • The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder.
  • They always win who side with God.

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