Today’s edition of Monday Morning (evening?) Melody is in honor of upcoming Reformation Day on Wednesday. I thought it fitting to include Martin Luther’s well-known hymn, written in 1529 and translated in 1853, and one of my favorites.

You may not have realized that Luther penned 36 other hymns, which in turn have been translated into several more English hymns. I even found an alternate translation of today’s original German hymn “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott“, but the version we sing flows much better, so I see why it stuck.

(If you’re not familiar with celebrating Reformation Day, here is a link to get you started. You can also check out, an online book store run by friends of ours.)

Enjoy today’s powerful hymn from a bold man about an amazing God.

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

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