He who would valiant be

Monks Gate. Traditional

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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.

Whoso 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.

Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
can daunt his spirit.
He knows he at the end
shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away,
he’ll fear not what men say.
He’ll labour night and day
to be a pilgrim.                        John Bunyan (1684)

Added: 14 August 2022

Organ: Moseley

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