Our God's a fortress firm and sure

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Translator: Jay Macpherson

Macpherson, Jay. (London, England, June 13, 1931-- ). United Church. Carlton University (Ottawa), B.A., 1951; McGill University (Montreal), B.L.S., 1953; University of Toronto, M.A., 1955; Ph.D., 1964. Teacher and professor of English at Victoria College, University of Toronto, 1954-?. Published several acclaimed books of poetry, notably The Boatman and other Poems (Toronto, Oxford, 1957) before deciding to concentrate on her teaching. For The Hymn Book (1971) she was asked to provide new translations of several German hymn, including "Ein' feste Burg" and "Wachet auf." --Hugh D. McKellar, DNAH Archives 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: Our God's a fortress firm and sure
German Title: Ein feste burg ist unser Gott
Author: Martin Luther
Translator: Jay Macpherson
Language: English



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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