Updated 7 Sept 2002


Chevalier, mult estes guariz
"Knights, salvation is guaranteed"

Anonymous French Crusader hymn dated AD 1147
Transcribed and Translated by Al Cofrin, 1997
The tune is pleasant but somber, churchlike

1) Knights, salvation is guaranteed,
For God has asked us to fight
The Turks and the Amoraviz,
Who have dishonoured him.
They have stolen his fiefs,
We shall feel deep sadness,
For here God was first served,
And recognised as Lord.

Refrain: He who goes with Louis
Will never have fear of Hell,
For his soul will be in Paradise,
With the Lord's angels.

2) Rohas has been taken, as you know,
and Christians are sorely troubled.
Curches have been burnt and destroyed;
God is no longer sacrificed there.
Knights, nenowned in
arms ponder this and offer your bodies to
Him who was crucified for you.

Refrain: He who goes with Louis
Will never have fear of Hell,
For his soul will be in Paradise,
With the Lord's angels.

3) Let us go and conquer Moses
on Mount Sinai.
Leave him not the Saracens
Nor leave his staff that parted
the Red Sea with one blow.
When the great host was with him
And Pharaoh came in turn
as he pursued and perished

Refrain: He who goes with Louis
Will never have fear of Hell,
For his soul will be in Paradise,
With the Lord's angels.




Here is the first verse in the original FRENCH VERSION:

1) Chevalier, mult estes guariz,
Quant Deu a vus fait sa clamur,
Des Turs e des Amoraviz,
Ki li unt fait tels deshenors.
Cher la fud Deu primes servi
E reconuu pur segnuur.

Refrain: Ki ore irat od Loovis,
Ja mar d'enfern avrat pou-ur,
Char s'alme en iert en pareis,
Od les angles nostre Seg-nor.




Notes:

1) The Louis described here is French King Louis VII who was called the Louis le Jeune "the young" and also Louis le Pieux "the pious." He became king in 1137 at the age of 17. He engaged in the Second Crusade during 1147-1149 when he was 27 to 29 years old.

He is not the same as Louis IX (b. 1214; d. 1270) who is called St. Louis.

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