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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Modern Hymns
 
Be Not Dismayed
 
Attributed to Gustavus Adolphus. Tr. Elizabeth Charles (1594–1632)
 
 
BE not dismayed, thou little flock,
Although the foe’s fierce battle-shock,
  Loud on all sides, assail thee.
Though o’er thy fall they laugh secure,
Their triumph cannot long endure:        5
  Let not thy courage fail thee.
 
Thy cause is God’s: go at his call,
And to his hand commit thy all.
  Fear thou no ill impending.
His Gideon shall arise for thee,        10
God’s word and people manfully,
  In God’s own time, defending.
 
Our hope is sure in Jesus’ might;
Against themselves the godless fight,
  Themselves, not us, distressing.        15
Shame and contempt their lot shall be;
God is with us, with him are we;
  To us belongs his blessing.
 

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