Scripture Verse

Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. John 12:26


Charles W. Douglas (1867–1944)

Words: John Bun­yan, Pil­grim’s Pro­gress 1684. Bun­yan wrote these words dur­ing a 12-year pri­son sen­tence for re­fus­ing to con­form to the of­fi­cial state church. Mo­di­fied by Per­cy Dear­mer in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906).

Music: St. Dun­stan’s Charles W. Doug­las, 1917 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

John Bunyan (1628–1688)


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.

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.

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.

The orig­in­al text from Pil­grim’s Pro­gress:

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 la­bor night and day
To be a pil­grim.

Mr. Great-Heart
The Pilgrim’s Progress, 1893 edition
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