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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
Battle-song of Gustavus Adolphus
King Gustavus Adolphus (1594–1632)
Translated by Elizabeth Charles

BE not dismayed, thou little flock,
Although the foe’s fierce battle-shock,
    Loud on all sides, assail thee.
Though o’er thy fall they laugh secure,
Their triumph cannot long endure;        5
    Let not thy courage fail thee.
Thy cause is God’s,—go at his call,
And to his hand commit thy all;
    Fear thou no ill impending:
His Gideon shall arise for thee,        10
God’s Word and people manfully,
    In God’s own time, defending.
Our hope is sure in Jesus’ might;
Against themselves the godless fight,
    Themselves, not us, distressing;        15
Shame and contempt their lot shall be;
God is with us, with him are we:
    To us belongs his blessing.

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