Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher

 

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John Fisher, Hans Holbein the Younger

Today is the feast day of Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher, both executed for their refusal to acknowledge Henry VIII as the head of the Church of  England.

 

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Sir Thomas More, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1527

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! Holy Faith!

We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our Fathers! Mary’s prayers

Shall win our country back to thee:

And through the truth that comes from God

England shall then indeed be free.

Faith of our Fathers! Holy Faith!

We will be true to thee till death.

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! Holy Faith!

We will be true to thee till death.

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