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Vor Gud han er saa fast en borg

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1 Vor Gud han er saa fast en Borg,
Han er vort Skjold og Bærge,
Han hjælper os af Nød og Sorg,
Og veed os vel at bjerge.
Vor gamle Fiende haard
Til Strid imod os staar,
Stor Magt og arge List
Han bruger mod os vist,
Paa Jord er ei hans Lige.

2 Vor egen Magt er intet værd,
Vi vare snart nedhugne,
Men En gaar frem i denne Færd,
For ham maa al ting bugne.
Vil du hans Navn saa vidst?
Han heder Jesus Krist,
Den Høvding for Guds Hær,
I ham kun Frelse er,
Han Marken skal beholde.

3 Om Verden fuld af Djævle var,
Der vilde os opsluge,
Vi frygte ei, vi med os har
Den Mand som den kan true;
Er Verdens Fryste vred,
Og vil os støde ned,
Han ingen Ting formaar,
Fordi alt dømt han gaar,
Et Guds ord kan ham binde.

4 Det Ord de skal vel lade staa,
Og Utak dertil have,
Thi Gud han vil selv med os gaa
Alt med sin Aand og Gave;
Og tage de vort Liv,
Gods, Ære, Børn og Viv,
Lad fare hen, lad gaa!
De kan ei mere faa,
Guds Rige vi beholde.

Source: Salmebog for Lutherske Kristne i Amerika #266

Translator: M. B. Landstad

Magnus Brostrup Landstad (born 7 October 1802 in Måsøy, Norway and died 8 October 1880 in Kristiania) was a Norwegian minister, psalmist and poet who published the first collection of authentic Norwegian traditional ballads in 1853. This work was criticized for unscientific methods, but today it is commonly accepted that he contributed significantly to the preservation of the traditional ballads. Landstad lived with his father Hans Landstad (1771–1838) who was also a minister, first in 1806 to Øksnes, to Vinje in 1811 and to Seljord in 1819. He took a theological degree (cand. theol) in 1827, and worked after that as the resident chaplain in Gausdal for six years. After that he worked in different parishes in Telemark, Østfold befo… 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: Vor Gud han er saa fast en borg
German Title: Ein feste burg ist unser Gott
Translator: M. B. Landstad
Author: Martin Luther
Language: Norwegian
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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Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Evangeli harpe #287

Kirkesalmebog #d662

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Kirkesalmebog #266


M. B. Landstads Kirkesalmebog og "Nokre Salmar" ved Professor Dr. E. Blix, samt følgende tillæg #266

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Psalmebog, udgiven af Synoden for den norske evangelisk-lutherske Kirke i Amerika (2nd ed.) #171

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Salmebog for Lutherske Kristne i Amerika #266

Salmebog udgiven af Synoden for den norsk-evang. luth. kirke i Amerika. Rev. ed. #d468

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