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He Who Would Valiant Be   1 comment


Above:  Part of the Text, from The Methodist Hymnal (1966)

Words (1906) by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936), after John Bunyan (1628-1688)

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal/The Book of Hymns (1966), of The Methodist Church (1939-1968) then The United Methodist Church (1968-)


1.  He who would valiant be

‘Gainst all disaster,

Let him in constancy

Follow the Master.

There’s no discouragement

Shall make him once relent

His first avowed intent

To be a pilgrim.

2.  Who so beset him round

With dismal stories,

Do but themselves confound,

His strength the more is.

No foes shall stay his might,

Though he with giants fight;

He will make good his right

To be a pilgrim.

3.  Since, Lord, thou dost defend

Us with thy spirit,

We know we at the end

Shall life inherit.

Then fancies flee away!

I’ll flee not what men say;

I’ll labor night and day

To be a pilgrim.