2345. 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. Who so beset him round with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound—his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his 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! I’ll fear not what men say,
I’ll labor night and day to be a pilgrim.

The original text from Pilgrim’s Progress:

1. Who would true valour see,
Let him come hither;
One here will constant be,
Come wind, come weather
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 lion can him fright,
He’ll with a giant fight,
He will have a right
To be a pilgrim.

3. Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
Can daunt his spirit,
He knows he at the end
Shall life inherit.
Then fancies fly away,
He’ll fear not what men say,
He’ll labor night and day
To be a pilgrim.

Text Information
First Line: He who would valiant be 'gainst all disaster
Title: He Who Would Valiant Be
Author: John Bunyan (1684)
Adapter: Percy Dearmer
Language: English
Source: Pilgrim's Progress, 1684; Modified in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Bunyan wrote these words during his 12-year prison sentence for refusing to conform to the official state church. Alternate tunes: MOAB, John Roberts, 1870; MONKS GATE, tra­di­tion­al Sus­sex mel­o­dy, ar­ranged by Ralph Vaugh­an Will­iams, 1904
Tune Information
Composer: Charles Winfred Douglas (1917)
Incipit: 11512 34313 21151
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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