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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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 score for congregation, felt in 2, without syncopation

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piano score


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.

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orchestration (score and parts)

MIDI demo

simple chord chart

intended for guitarists

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chord chart