Tune: EIN' FESTE BURG

Composer: Martin Luther, 1529, harm. J.S. Bach

Author: Martin Luther, 1529, trans. Frederick Hedge, 1852

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VERSE 1:
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

VERSE 2:
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He!
The Lord of Hosts His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

VERSE 3:
And tho' this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God has willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

VERSE 4:
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever!
piano

piano score for congregation, felt in 2, without syncopation

Key: D

piano score

orchestra

Incorporates the original, syncopated rhythms in the introduction and throughout the song. The arrangement is scored for piano, organ, winds, brass, and strings; and is best sung in unison.

Key: D

orchestration (score and parts)

MIDI demo

simple chord chart

intended for guitarists

Key: D

chord chart