Scripture Verse

Fear none of those things which you shall suffer. Revelation 2:10


Jacob Fabricius

Words: At­trib­ut­ed Va­ri­ous­ly to King Gus­tav­us Adolph­us of Swe­den, Ja­cob Fa­bri­ci­us (1593–1654) and Jo­hann M. Al­ten­burg (1584–1640) (Ver­zage nicht du Häuf­lein klein). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, Ly­ra Ger­man­i­ca, 1855.

Music: Ra­ven­dale Wal­ter Stokes, 1876 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Stokes (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Gustavus Adolphus

The his­tor­ian tells us that be­fore the bat­tle of Lutz­en, dur­ing the Thir­ty Years’ War (1618–1648), King Gus­tav­us of Swe­den, in the thick fog of an au­tumn morn­ing, with the Bo­hem­i­an and Aus­tri­an arm­ies of Em­per­or Fer­din­and in front of him, knelt before his troops, and his whole ar­my knelt with him in pray­er.

Then ten thou­sand voic­es and the whole con­cert of reg­i­ment­al bands burst forth in this brave song…

The ar­my of Gus­tav­us moved for­ward to vic­tory as the fog lift­ed; but at the mo­ment of tri­umph a rid­er­less horse came gal­lop­ing back to the camp. It was the horse of the mar­tyred king.

Brown, p. 82


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;
Leave 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,
Not 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.