Music Break: Who Would True Valour See

Courage and valour is needed today!

From “1684 as part of Pilgrim’s Progress” John Bunyan wrote the poem which was then edited into this well known hymn and  set” to the tune Welcome Sailor”(1), played here by the Carnival Band and sung by Maddy Prior.

 

John Bunyan, 30 November 1628 – 31 August 1688) was an English writer and preacher best remembered as the author of the religious allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress. In addition to The Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan wrote nearly sixty titles, many of them expanded sermons… (2)

 

Here are the lyrics:

Who would true valour see,
Let him come hither;
One here will constant be,
Come wind, come weather.
There’s no discouragement
Shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent
To be a pilgrim.

Whoso beset him round
With dismal stories
Do but themselves confound;
His strength the more is.
No lion can him fright,
He’ll with a giant fight,
He will have a right
To be a pilgrim.

Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
Can daunt his spirit,
He knows he at the end
Shall life inherit.
Then fancies fly away,
He’ll fear not what men say,
He’ll labour night and day
To be a pilgrim.

–John Bunyan [1628-1688] (3)

You can listen to Pilgrim’s Promise and John Bunyan’s other works on LibriVox. It’s a great site.

Be brave dear readers.

Refernces:

(2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bunyan
(1),(3) http://www.oystermouthparish.com/who-would-true-valour-see

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