Monk's gate (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
- Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-11-22). Score information: A4, 1 page, 28 kB Copyright: Public Domain
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Title: Monk's gate
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Published: Tune: St. Dunstan’s, Charles W. Douglas, 1917; Lyrics: John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, 1684; modified by Percy Dearmer in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906). Bunyan wrote these words during his 12-year prison sentence for refusing to conform to the official state church.
Cyber Hymnal™ entry for hymn tune “Monk’s Gate":
Original text and translations
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.
Lyrics: John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, 1684; modified by Percy Dearmer in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906).