590. 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 labour night and day to be a pilgrim.

Text Information
First Line: He who would valiant be
Author: J. Bunyan (1628-1688) (alt.)
Adapter: P. Dearmer (1867-1936)
Meter: 6 5 6 5 6 6 6 5
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: God's Church: Doxology, Glory to God
Notes: See also revised version, 537
Tune Information
Arranger: R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Meter: 6 5 6 5 6 6 6 5
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: arr. © Oxford University Press

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