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262. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper sure amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing:
for still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
power and malice great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth he has no equal.

2 Did we in our strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God's own choosing:
dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

3 And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
the truth to triumph through us:
the prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure,
one little word shall fell him.

4 That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours
through Christ, who with us sideth:
let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still,
God's kingdom is forever.

Text Information
First Line: A mighty fortress is our God
Title: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
German Title: Ein' feste Burg
Author: Martin Luther (1529)
Translator: Frederick H. Hedge (1853)
Meter: 8 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 7
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: God: Nature of God; Assurance; Change (56 more...)
Tune Information
Composer (melody): Martin Luther (1529)
Composer (descant): Scott Withrow
Meter: 8 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 7
Key: C Major
Source: The New Hymnal for American Youth, 1930 (harm.)
Copyright: Descant copyright © 1980 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.

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