Who would true valor see

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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 fear not what men say,
I'll labor night and day
to be a pilgrim.

Source: Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #368

Author: John Bunyan

Bunyan, John. This great allegorist cannot be included amongst hymn writers, except on the ground that the piece, “He that is down needs fear no fall," from pt. ii. of his Pilgrim's Progress, 1684, is given in a limited number of hymnals. The son of a mechanic, he was born at Elstow, 1628; was a Baptist minister at Bedford; and died in London, Aug. 1688. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: Who would true valor see
Author: John Bunyan (1684)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Transcribed on 22 December 1904 by Ralph Vaughan Williams from the singing of Mrs. Harriet Verrall, of Monks Gate, Sussex, included in the Journal of the Folk-Song Society, vol. 2, no.8 (1906) and in The English Hymnal (1906).

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