The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Battle Song In Troubled Times

St. Stephen's Day
See: Hymns to St Stephen

Words: Gustavus Adolphus' Battle-song, Altenburg, 1631.
Trans. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

See: Christmas Poetry of Catherine Winkworth

Source: Lyra Germanica: First Series, Songs for the Household, 1855

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. ... Then they stirred up the people ... and caught him, and set up false witness against him.

From the Lesson

Fear not, O little flock, the foe
Who madly seeks your overthrow,
    Dread not his rage and power:
What though your courage sometimes faints,
His seeming triumph o'er God's saints
    Lasts but a little hour.

Be of good cheer; your cause belongs
To Him who can avenge your wrongs,
    Let it to Him our Lord.
Though hidden yet from all our eyes,
He sees the Gideon who shall rise
    To save us, and His word.

As true as God's own word is true,
Nor earth nor hell with all their crew
    Against us shall prevail.
A jest and by-word are they grown;
God is with us, we are His own,
    Our victory cannot fail.

Amen, Lord Jesus, grant our prayer!
Great Captain, now Thine arm make bare;
    Fight for us once again!
So shall Thy saints and martyrs raise
A mighty chorus to Thy praise,
    World without end.   Amen.

Note: According to Winkworth, selected from Chevalier (Christian Karl Josias) Bunsen (1791-1860), ed., Versuch eines allgemeinen Gesang und Gebetbuchs (1833).

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