Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach

J.S. Bach and Martin Luther on how God (the “feste Burg”) helps us gain our freedom (1730)

Found in: Bach’s Chorals, vol. 2 The Hymns and Hymn Melodies of the Cantatas and Motetts

A moving hymn by Martin Luther, "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott", was put to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. The themes of faith and freedom have spoken powerfully to Protestants ever since:

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A stronghold sure our God remains, A shield and hope unfailing; In need His help our freedom gains, ‘er all we fear prevailing. Our old malignant foe Would fain work us woe. With craft and great might He doth against us fight; On earth is not one like him.