1 Be not dismayed, thou little flock,
Although the foe's fierce battle shock
Loud on all sides, assail thee.
Though o'er thy fall they laugh secure,
Their triumph cannot long endure,
Let not thy courage fail thee.
2 Thy cause is God's--go at His call,
And to His hand commit thine all;
Fear thou no ill impending;
His Gideon shall arise for thee,
God's Word and people manfully,
In God's own time, defending.
3 Our hope is sure in Jesus' might;
Against themselves the godless fight,
Themselves, not us, distressing;
Shame and contempt their lot shall be;
God is with us, with Him are we;
To us belongs His blessing.
Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #263
Verzage nicht du Häuflein klein. [In Trouble.] Concerning the authorship of this hymn there are three main theories—i. that it is by Gustavus Adolphus; ii. that the ideas are his and the diction that of his chaplain, Dr. Jacob Fabricius; and iii. that it is by Altenburg.
This hymn has ever been a favourite in Germany, was sung in the house of P. J. Spener every Sunday afternoon, and of late years has been greatly used at meetings of the Gustavus Adolphus Union—-an association for the help of Protestant Churches in Roman Catholic countries. In translations it has passed into many English and American collections.
Translations in common use:—
2. Be not dismay'd, thou little flock. A good translation of stanzas i.-iii. of the 1638 text in Mrs. Charles's V. of Christian Life in Song , 1858, p. 248. She translated from the Swedish, which, in the Swensha Psalmsboken, Carlstadt, N.D. (1866), is given as No. 378, "Förfaras ej, du lilla hop!" and marked Gustaf H. Adolf. Her version is No. 204 in Wilson's Service of Praise, 1865.
-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)