Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32
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 Robert S. Bridges in the Yattendon Hymnal, 1899, number 72.
Fear not, thou faithful Christian flock;
God is thy shelter and thy rock;
Fear not for thy salvation.
Though fierce the foe and dark the night,
The Lord of hosts shall be thy might,
Christ thine illumination.
Arise, arise, the foe defy!
Call on the name of God most high,
That He with might endue you.
And Christ, your everlasting priest,
In all your conflicts shall assist,
From strength to strength renew you.