Tell your master that if there were as many devils at Worms as tiles on its roofs, I would enter.1
Psalm. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (trans. by Frederic H. Hedge).
Note 1. On the 16th of April, 1521, Luther entered the imperial city [of Worms] . On his approach the Electors chancellor entreated him, in the name of his master, not to enter a town where his death was decided. The answer which Luther returned was simply this.Bunsen: Life of Luther.
I will go, though as many devils aim at me as there are tiles on the roofs of the houses.Ranke: History of the Reformation, vol. i. p. 533 (Mrs. Austins translation). [back]