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A safe stronghold our God is still
Martin Luther (Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott) translated by Thomas Carlyle
This is the British counterpart of F. H. Hedge's A mighty fortress is our GodHymnary text authority (64 instances)
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1 A safe stronghold our God is still, Our shield and surest weapon; He will deliver from the ill That hath us now o'ertaken. Our old deadly foe Now aims his last blow; Deep guile and strong power He boasteth in this hour: On earth is not his equal. 2 By strength of ours could naught be done; The strife full soon were ended, But for us fights the valiant One, By God himself commended. As you, "Who is He?" Christ Jesus! There see The Lord Saboath, Our God and Saviou r both— He conquers in thi s battle. 3 Though devils all the earth should fill, Each watching to devour us, We tremble not, we fear no ill They cannot overpower us. The false prince of hell May rage, rave and swell; He harms not a hair, We shall escape his snare; Christ's lightest word shall stay him. 4 His word for ever shall abide, Our foes can ne'er destroy it, He standteh ever at our side, And cheers us by His Spirit. And take they our life, Goods, fame, children, wife, When their worst is done, Yet have they nothing won-- We shall receive the kingdom.
Tune: EIN FESTE BURG