281. He who would valiant be

1 He who would valiant be
'gainst all disaster,
let him in constancy
follow the Master.
There's no discouragement
shall make him once relent
his first avowed intent
to be a pilgrim.

2 Whoso beset him round
with dismal stories,
do but themselves confound -
his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay high might,
though he with giants fight;
he will make good his right
to be a pilgrim.

3 Since, Lord, thou dost defend
us with thy Spirit,
we know we at the end
shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away!
Ill fear not what men say,
Ill labour night and day
to be a pilgrim.

Text Information
First Line: He who would valiant be
Title: He who would valiant be
Adapter: Percy Dearmer, 1867-1936
Author: John Bunyan, 1628-1688
Meter: 65 65 66 65
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Topic: Faith, Trust and Commitment
Copyright: © Oxford University Press
Notes: Now Public Domain
Tune Information
Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 65 65 66 65
Key: D Major
Source: Traditional English melody collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Copyright: © Oxford University Press. Used by permission from the "English Hymnal"

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