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Traditional English Melody collected and arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Percy Dearmer (1867-1936) after John Bunyan (1628-1688)

He Who Would Valiant Be is sometimes now known as All Who Would Valiant Be. Bracketed lyrics are those replaced in the more modern versions.


He (All) who would valiant be ’gainst all disaster,
Let him (them) in constancy follow the (their) Master.
There’s no discouragement shall make him (them) once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.

Who so beset him (them) round with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound—his (their) strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his (their) might; though he (they) with giants fight,
He (They) will make good his (the) 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 (they) say,
I’ll (We'll) labour night and day to be a pilgrim.