He who would valiant be

He who would valiant be
'gainst all disaster,
let him in constancy
follow the Master.
There's no discouragement
shall make him once relent
his first avowed intent
to be a pilgrim.

Who so beset him round
with dismal stories
do but themselves confound
his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might;
though he with giants fight,
he will make good his right
to be a pilgrim.

Since, Lord, thou dost defend
us with thy Spirit,
We know we at the end,
shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away!
I'll fear not what men say,
I'll labor night and day
to be a pilgrim.

Words: John Bunyan, 1684;
as modified by Percy Dearmer, 1906

Music: Monk's Gate, St. Dunstan's, Bunyan

Meter: Irr.

Website compiled by Steve Benner, 1999-2003.