GEC English Hymn

English Hymn 65

STANZA 1
A safe strong hold our God is still,
A trusty shield and weapon;
He’ll help us clear from all the ill
That hath us now to o’ertaken.
The ancient prince of hell
Hath risen with purpose fell;
Strong mail of craft and power
He weareth in this hour;
On earth is not his fellow.

STANZA 2
With force of arms we nothing can,
Full soon were we down-ridden;
But for us fights the proper Man,
Whom God Himself bath bidden.
Ask ye: who is this same?
Christ Jesus is His name,
The Lord Sabbaoth’s Son;
He, and no other one,
Shall conquer in the battle.

STANZA 3
And were this world all devils o’er,
And watching to devour us,
We lay it not to heart so sore;
Not they can overpower us.
And let the prince of ill
Look grim as e’er he will,
He harms us not a whit;
For why his doom is writ;
A word shall quickly slay him.

STANZA 4
God’s word, for all their craft and force,
One moment will not linger.
But, spite of hell, sba1I have its course;
‘Tis written by his finger.
And, though they take our life,
Goods, honour, children, wife,
Yet is their profit small;
These things shall vanish all:
The city of God remaineth.

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