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THE BATTLE-SONG OF GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS, by            
First Line: Fear not, o little flock! The foe
Last Line: World without end! Amen.
Variant Title(s): Battle Hymn
Subject(s): Gustavus Ii Adolphus, King (1595-1632); War; Gustavus Ii Adolphus, King Of Sweden


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 now 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 or 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 the saints and martyrs raise
A mighty chorus to thy praise,
World without end! Amen.




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