Author of the Lyrics
The author of the rousing
words of the "To Be A Pilgrim" lyrics, John Bunyan (November 30, 1628-August 31, 1688),
was born in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England and
achieved fame as a 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 Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "To Be A Pilgrim", Charles Winfred Douglas (February 15, 1867-January 18, 1944),
was born in Oswego, New York, United States and
became famous as a Episcopal priest, composer and musician.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: To Be A Pilgrim
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Bunyan (November 30, 1628
to August 31, 1688)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Charles Winfred Douglas (February 15, 1867 to
January 18, 1944)
Hymn Category: Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "He who would valiant be 'gainst all disaster, Let him in constancy follow the Master"
First Publication Date:
To Be A Pilgrim Lyrics
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.