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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII. 1876–79.


Battle-song of Gustavus Adolphus

By King Gustavus Adolphus (1594–1632)

Translated by Elizabeth Charles

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;

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,

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;

Shame and contempt their lot shall be;

God is with us, with him are we:

To us belongs his blessing.