372. 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.

Text Information
First Line: He who would valiant be
Author: John Bunyan, 1628-88
Author: Percy Dearmer 1867-1936
Meter: 65 65 66 65
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: Confirmation
Tune Information
Adapter: R. V. W.
Meter: 65 65 66 65
Key: E♭ Major
Source: English folk song
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press (from "English Hymnal")

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