Author of the Lyrics
The patriot and author of the words of the "He Who Would Valiant Be" lyrics, John Bunyan (November 30, 1628-August 31, 1688), was born in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England and achieved fame as an Author, Baptist preacher and Hymn writer. John Bunyan was the author of the Christian allegory 'The Pilgrim's Progress' from which the words of this hymn were taken and modified by Percy Dearmer.
Composer of Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "He Who Would Valiant Be", Charles Winfred Douglas (February 15, 1867-January 18, 1944), was born in Oswego, New York, United States and became famous as an Episcopal priest, composer and musician.
Information about this Patriotic Song
Title of Hymn: He Who Would Valiant Be aka 'To be a pilgrim'
Author of Lyrics: John Bunyan (November 30, 1628 to August 31, 1688)
Nationality of Author: English
Name of Composer of Music: Charles Winfred Douglas (February 15, 1867 to January 18, 1944)
Hymn Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns
First Line of Hymn: "He who would valiant be 'gainst all disaster"
First Publication Date: 1906
He Who Would Valiant Be Lyrics
He who would valiant be ígainst all disaster,
Let him in constancy follow the Master.
Thereís 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! Iíll fear not what men say,
Iíll labor night and day to be a pilgrim.