Tales of a White Knight
The Knight of Faith
The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?
When evil-doers draw near
to devour my flesh
it is they, my enemies and foes
who stumble and fall.
Though any army encamp against me
my heart should not fear.
Though war break out against me
even then I should trust.
But no man over earth's midst is
so thoroughly equipped
so keen in his youth
so brave in his deeds
or so loyal to his Lord
that before faring on the sea he does not fear a little
the Lord shall lead him in the end.
The Glenstal Book of Prayer, a benedictine prayer book, Dublin 2002;
the Old English poem 'The Seafarer', preserved in the Exeter Book dating from the late 10th century.
© Brigitte Franssen 2012