161. Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands

1 Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands
For our offenses given;
But now at God's right hand he stands
And brings us life from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be
And sing to God right thankfully
Loud songs of hallelujah. Hallelujah!

2 It was a strange and dreadful strife
When life and death contended.
The victory remained with life;
The reign of death was ended.
Holy Scripture plainly says
That death is swallowed up by death,
Its sting is lost forever. Hallelujah!

3 Here the true Paschal Lamb we see,
Whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursed tree--
So strong his love--to save us.
See, his blood now marks our door;
Faith points to it; death passes o'er,
And Satan cannot harm us. Hallelujah!

4 So let us keep the festival
To which the Lord invites us;
Christ is himself the joy of all,
The sun that warms and lights us.
Now his grace to us imparts
Eternal sunshine to our hearts;
The night of sin is ended. Hallelujah!

Text Information
First Line: Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands
Title: Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands
Author: Martin Luther, 1483-1546
Translator: Richard Massie, 1800-87
Publication Date: 1993
Meter: 87 87 78 74
Topic: Easter
Tune Information
Meter: 87 87 78 74
Key: a minor
Source: Latin melody, c. 1100, adapt.
Copyright: Setting: © 1981 Richard W. Gieseke

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