Maybe you know the hymn, “He who would Valiant be”? I have gotten to know it and love it, because our Bishop Julian Dobbs loves it and uses it at almost any occasion that he can. What you may not know is that he uses the original version of the lyrics. You can find details about the hymn at the following link:
The table below contains the original version in the left column and the updated version in the right column. Read through both and you will find it interesting and then I will share why I love it so much.
Hopefully you have figured out by the title of this Blog that the third verse is my favorite. Hobgoblin, nor foul fiend Can daunt his spirit; I am pretty sure that I have shared that I was a gamer in my youth. My friends and I would gather at one of various houses to play Dungeons and Dragons. We were always on some epic quest for fame and fortune and often we would have to fight a variety of monsters. If you have seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies, the movie has humans, elves, dwarves, hobbits, ents, orcs, goblins, trolls, and various other kinds of monstrous creatures. The difference between goblins and hobgoblins is that goblins are more evil and hobgoblins are more mischievous. What resonates with me is that evil or even mischief in this case can be real. It may not be tangible, but it exists. I have never seen a demon or devil, but I believe they exist. I don’t say this to scare you, but to point you in the right direction, because this world will certainly point you in the other direction. If you look at the rest of the hymn, you will see that it is positive. ● Your spirit will not be daunted. ● You will inherit eternal life. ● The cares of this world and the opinions of others will not bother you. ● You will be secure in your faith and you will endeavor to continue on the path that God has chosen for you. Read Hebrews 11:1-13 to get a sense of how many others in the past got through difficult times by faith. So can we. Some of our hymns are directly inspired from the Bible, like this one.