A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)

A safe stronghold our God is still

Source: Singing the Faith: 623
Words: Martin Luther (from Psalm 46) trans Thomas Carlyle altered Rupert Davies
Music: “Ein’ feste burg” by Martin Luther harmony J.S. Bach
Metre: 87.87.66.66.7.
Verses: 4

Categories: 87.87.66.66.7., Bach, Johann Sebastian, Carlyle, Thomas, Conflict, Suffering and Doubt, Davies, Rupert E., Ein' feste burg, Luther, Martin (auth), Luther, Martin (comp).

One Response to A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)

  1. Michael Dyer says:

    I’m somewhat disappointed that the editors did not see fit to remove the alterations of Rupert Davies to the last verse, which were introduced in Hymns and Psalms, where the last two lines “These things shall vanish all/ The City of God remaineth” were replaced by “Yet is their profit small:/ God’s kingdom ours remaineth.”

    MHB
    God’s Word, for all their craft and force
    One moment will not linger,
    But, spite of hell, shall have its course;
    ’Tis written by His finger.
    And though they take our life,
    Goods, honour, children, wife,
    Yet is their profit small:
    These things shall vanish all:
    The City of God remaineth.

    SThF
    God’s word, for all their craft and force,
    one moment will not linger,
    but, spite of hell, shall have its course;
    ’tis written by His finger.
    And though before our eyes,
    all that we dearly prize
    they seize beyond recall,
    yet is their profit small:
    God’s kingdom ours remaineth.

    I would suggest that Carlyle’s translation is superior, because it asserts the permanence of God’s City against the transitory nature of material creation and human aspiration, reaffirms the “safe stronghold” of the opening line, and links the reformer to Augustine.

Leave a comment below

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>