454. A safe stronghold our God is still

1 A safe stronghold our God is still,
a trusty shield and weapon;
he'll keep us clear from all the ill
that hath us now o'ertaken.
The ancient prince of hell
hath risen with purpose fell;
strong mail of craft and power
he weareth in this hour;
on earth is not his fellow.

2 With force of arms we nothing can,
full soon were we down-ridden;
but for us fights the proper Man
whom God himself hath bidden.
Ask ye who is this same?
Christ Jesus is his name,
the Lord Sabaoth's Son;
he, and no other one,
shall conquer in the battle.

3 And were this world all devils o'er,
and watching to devour us,
we lay it not to heart so sore;
they cannot overpower us.
And let the prince of ill
look grim as e'er he will,
he harms us not a whit;
for why? his doom is writ;
a word shall quickly slay him.

4 God's word, for all their craft and force,
one moment will not linger,
but, spite of hell, shall have its course;
'tis written by his finger.
And though they take our life,
goods, honour, children, wife,
yet is their profit small;
these things shall vanish all:
the city of God remaineth.

Text Information
First Line: A safe stronghold our God is still
German Title: Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott
Author: Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Translator: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: 87 87 66 66 7
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Topic: Life in Christ: Christ Risen - Reign and Priesthood; Conflict; God: Protection of (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Meter: 87 87 66 66 7
Key: C Major

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