Be strong and of a good courage, fear not…for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6
Words: Philip Doddridge (1702–1751). Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 269:
Fidelity in moderating temptations.
Music: Alstone Christopher E. Willing, in the appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Willing (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Now let the feeble all be strong,
And make Jehovah’s arm their song:
His shield is spread o’er every saint,
And thus supported, who shall faint?
What though the hosts of hell engage
With mingled cruelty and rage?
A faithful God restrains their hands,
And chains them down in iron bands.
Bound by His word, He will display
A strength proportioned to our day;
And, when united trials meet,
Will show a path of safe retreat.
Thus far we prove that promise good,
Which Jesus ratified with blood:
Still He is gracious, wise, and just,
And still in Him let Israel trust.