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Castelo Forte

Representative Text

1 Castelo forte é nosso Deus.
Espada e bom escudo,
Com seu poder defende os seus
Em todo transe agudo.
Com fúria pertinaz
Persegue Satanás,
Com artimanhas tais
E astúcias tão cruéis,
Que iguais não há na terra.

2 A nossa força nada faz,
Estamos, sim, perdidos;
Mas nosso Deus socorro traz
E somos protegidos.
Defende-nos Jesus,
O que venceu na cruz,
Senhor dos altos céus;
E, sendo o próprio Deus,
Triunfa na battalha.

3 Se nos quisessem devorar
Demônios não contados,
Não nos podiam assustar,
Nem somos derrotados.
O grande acusador
Dos servos do Senhor
Já condenado está;
Vencido cairá
Por uma só palavra.

4 Sim, que a palavra ficará,
Sabemos com certeza,
E nada nos assustará
Com Cristo por defesa.
Se temos de perder
Os filhos, bens, mulher,
Embora a vida vá,
Por nós Jesus está,
E dar-nos-á seu reino.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #15148

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 >

Translator: Jacob Eduard von Hafe

(no biographical information available about Jacob Eduard von Hafe.) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Castelo forte é nosso Deus
Title: Castelo Forte
German Title: Ein Feste burg Ist Unser Gott
Translator: Jacob Eduard von Hafe (1886)
Author: Martin Luther (1529)
Language: Portuguese
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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The Cyber Hymnal #15148
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