Fidelis ad mortem
Rev. Fr. W. Faber
Faith of our Fathers! living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword,
Oh! how our hearts beat high with joy,
Whene’er we hear that glorious word.
Faith of our Fathers! holy Faith!
We will be true to thee till death!
Our Fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free;
How sweet would be their children’s fate,
If they, like them could die for thee.
Faith of our Fathers! Mary’s prayers
Shall win our country back to thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
Our land shall then indeed be free.
Faith of our Fathers! we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach thee too, as love knows how,
By kindly words and virtuous life.
Faith of our Fathers! days of old
Within our hearts speak gallantly;
For ages thou hast stood by us,
Dear Faith, and now we’ll stand by thee.
The Marist Brothers, American Catholic Hymnal (New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1911).