A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Words & Music: Martin Luther (1483-1546)

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   1  A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
      Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
      For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
      His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
      On earth is not his equal.
   2  Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
      Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God's own choosing:
      Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
      Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
      And He must win the battle.
   3  And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
      We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
      The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
      His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
      One little word shall fell him.
   4  That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
      The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
      Let good and kindred go, this mortal life also;
      The body they may kill: God's truth abideth still,
      His kingdom is forever.

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