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Vär Gud är oss en väldig borg

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1 Vår Gud är oss in väldig borg,
Han är vårt vapen trygga;
På honom i all nöd och sorg
Vårt hopp vi vilja bygga.
Mörkrets furste stiger ned
Hotande och vred,
Han rustar sig förvisst
Med våld och arga list;
Likväl vi oss ej frukta.

2 Vår egen kraft ej hjälpa kan,
Vi vore snart förströdda;
Men med oss står den rätte man,
Vi stå af honom stödda.
Frågar du hvad namn han bär?
Jesus Krist det är;
Han är den Herren Gud,
Som, klädd i segerskrud,
Sin tron för evigt grundat.

3 Och vore världen än så stor
Och full af mörkrets härar,
Dock, när ibland oss Herren bor,
Platt intet oss förfärar.
Världens furste är ju dömd
Och hans kraft är tömd.
Han på ett hufvudhår
Oss skada ej förmår;
Ett ord kan honom fälla.

4 Guds ord löfte skall bestå;
Vi det i hjärtat bäre.
För himmel, ej för jord vi gå
Till strids och glade äre:
Äro alltid väl till mods,
Fast vi våga gods
Och ära, lif och allt;
Ske blott, som gud befallt
Guds rike vi behålla.

Source: Lutherförbundets Sångbok #S67

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: Olavus Petri

Olof Persson, sometimes Petersson (January 6, 1493 – April 19, 1552), better known under the Latin form of his name, Olaus Petri (or less commonly, Olavus Petri), was a clergyman, writer, judge and major contributor to the Protestant Reformation in Sweden. See also in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

Alterer: Johan Olaf Wallin

Johan Olaf Wallin was born at Stora Tuna, in 1779, and early displayed his poetical powers. In 1805, and again in 1809, he gained the chief prize for poetry at Upsala. In the latter year he became pastor at Solna; here his ability as a preacher was so striking that he was transferred to Stockholm, in 1815, as "pastor primarius," a title for which we have no exact equivalent. In 1818 he was made Dean of Westeras, and set about the task of editing a revised hymn-book for the whole of Sweden. This task he completed in 1819, and published it as, Den Swenska Psalmboken, af Konungen gillad och stadfästad (The Swedish hymn-book, approved and confirmed by the King). To it he contributed some 150 hymns of his own, besides translations and recasting… Go to person page >



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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Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Barnvannens Lyra #d117

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De Ungas Sångbok #18

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Lutherförbundets Sångbok #S67

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Nya Psalmisten #452

Soendagsskol-Bok, innehallande, Liturgi, Laesordning, och Sanger #d292

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Söndagsskolbok #100

Svenska Psalm-Boken af År 1819 #124

Svenska Soendagsskolans Saangbok Utgifven af Oesterns Soendagsskolfoerening #d307

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