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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Safe Stronghold Our God Is Still
By Martin Luther (1483–1546)
 
Psalm CXXX.: Translation of Thomas Carlyle

A SAFE stronghold our God is still,
  A trusty shield and weapon;
He’ll help us clear from all the ill
  That hath us now o’ertaken.
    The ancient Prince of Hell        5
    Hath risen with purpose fell;
    Strong mail of craft and power
    He weareth in this hour—
  On earth is not his fellow.
 
By force of arms we nothing can—        10
  Full soon were we down-ridden;
But for us fights the proper man,
  Whom God himself hath bidden.
    Ask ye, Who is this same?
    Christ Jesus is his name,        15
    The Lord Zebaoth’s Son—
    He, and no other one,
  Shall conquer in the battle.
 
And were this world all devils o’er,
  And watching to devour us,        20
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:        25
    For why? his doom is writ—
  A word shall quickly slay him.
 
God’s word, for all their craft and force,
  One moment will not linger;
But spite of hell shall have its course—        30
  ’Tis written by his finger.
    And though they take our life,
    Goods, honor, children, wife,
    Yet is their profit small:
    These things shall vanish all—        35
  The City of God remaineth.
 
 
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