Scripture Verse

Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Psalm 27:3


John B. Dykes (1823–1876)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems 1749.

Music: Me­li­ta John B. Dykes, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)


Surrounded by a host of foes,
Stormed by a host of foes with­in,
Nor swift to flee, nor strong t’op­pose,
Single, against hell, earth, and sin,
Single, yet un­dis­mayed, I am;
I dare be­lieve in Je­sus’ name.

What though a thou­sand hosts en­gage,
A thou­sand worlds, my soul to shake?
I have a shield shall quell their rage,
And drive the ali­en ar­mies back;
Portrayed it bears a bleed­ing Lamb
I dare be­lieve in Je­sus’ name.

Me to re­trieve from Sa­tan’s hands,
Me from this ev­il world to free,
To purge my sins, and loose my bands,
And save from all ini­qui­ty,
My Lord and God from Heav’n He came;
I dare be­lieve in Je­sus’ name.

Salvation in His name there is,
Salvation from sin, death, and hell,
Salvation into glo­ri­ous bliss,
How great sal­va­tion, who can tell!
But all He hath for mine I claim;
I dare be­lieve in Je­sus’ name.