If God had not been on our side
And had not come to aid us,
Our foes with all their pow'r and pride
Would surely have dismayed us,
For we, his flock, would have to fear
The devil's wolves, both far and near,
Who rise in might against us.

Their furious wrath, did God permit,
Would surely have consumed us
And as a deep and yawning pit
With life and limb entombed us.
A hellish storm would o'er us roll
From Satan, who desires our soul
And seeks to overwhelm us.

Blest be the Lord, who foiled their threat
That they could not devour us.
Our souls, like birds, escaped their net;
They could not overpow'r us.
The snare is broken -- we are free!
Our helper and our strength is he
Who made the earth and heavens.

Text: Martin Luther, 1483-1546; tr. The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941, alt; public domain.
Tune: Christian Egenolff, 1502-1555, adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams, from Enlarged Songs of Praise. Reprinted by permission of Oxford University Press.
Setting: public domain.