A mighty stronghold is our God

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1 A mighty stronghold is our God,
A sure defence and weapon;
He helps us free from every need
Which hath us now o'er taken.
The old angry foe
Now means us deadly woe;
Deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight,--
On earth is not His equal.

2 In our own strength can naught be done--
Our loss were soon effected;
There fights for us the Proper One,
By God himself elected.
Ask you who frees us?
It is Christ Jesus--
The Lord Sabaoth,
There is no other God;
He'll hold the field of battle.

3 And were the world with devils filled,
All waiting to devour us;
We'll still succeed, so God hath willed,--
They cannot overpower us:
The Prince of this world
To hell shall be hurled;
He seeks to alarm,
But shall do us no harm;
The smallest word can fell Him.

4 The Word they still must let remain,
And for that have no merit;
For He is with us on the plain,
By His good gifts and Spirit:
Destroy they our life,
Goods, fame, child and wife?
Let all pass amain,
They still no conquest gain,
For ours is still the kingdom.


Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #343

Translator: Joel Swartz

Lutheran pastor and poet. Born in 1827 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Was a pastor in Baltimore and Pennsylvania Go to person page >

Author: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A mighty stronghold is our God
German Title: Ein feste burg ist unser Gott
Author: Martin Luther
Translator: Joel Swartz
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The original rhythms of EIN FESTE BURG (see 469) had already reached their familiar isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) shape by the time of Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) in the eighteenth century. The harmonization is taken from his Cantata 80. Many organ and choral works are based on this chorale, including…

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