Thou little flock, be not afraidTranslator: Mathias Loy; Author: Michael Altenburg
Published in 5 hymnals
1 Thou little flock, be not afraid,
Tho' foes against thee stand arrayed,
All ready to destroy thee;
Although thy ruin they prepare
And fill thee oft with anxious care,
They shall not long annoy thee.
2 Thy cause is God's; this comfort thee;
May His, not thine, the vengeance be:
Let Him perform His pleasure;
The needful help thou shalt obtain;
Thee and His Word He will sustain
Thro' Christ, His own dear Treasure.
3 As God is God, and true His Word,
Fierce Satan and his hellish herd,
The world and all their powers
Shall reap but shame beneath His rod:
God is with us, and we with God:
The vict'ry must be ours.
Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #90
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:—
3. Thou little flock, be not afraid. A translation of stanzas i.-iii. from the 1638 text, by M. Loy, in the Ohio Lutheran Hymnal, 1880, No. 197. [Rev. James Mearns, M. A..]
-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|American Lutheran Hymnal #90||Thou Little Flock, Be Not Afraid||Thou little flock, be not afraid||LITTLE FLOCK||M. Loy; Joh. Mich. Altenburg||8 8 7 8 8 7||1930||The Means of Grace | The Christian Church|
|Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship. 4th ed. #d292||Thou little flock, be not afraid||Thou little flock, be not afraid||Matthias Loy; Johann M. Altenburg||1863|
|Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d729||Thou little flock, be not afraid||Thou little flock, be not afraid||Johann M. Altenburg||1871|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #197||Thou little flock, be not afraid||Thou little flock, be not afraid||1880||The Catechism | The Church|
|Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #197||Thou little flock, be not afraid||Thou little flock, be not afraid||ALTENBURG (Geh aus, mein Herz)||Johann Michael Altenburg; Rev. Matthias Loy, D. D.||No. 55||1908||The Catechism | The Church; Sunday after New Year's | ; Fifth Sunday after Epiphany | ; Twelfth Sunday after Trinity ||