378. All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall

1 All mankind fell in Adam's fall;
One common sin infects us all.
From one to all the curse descends,
And over all God's wrath impends.

2 Through all our pow'rs corruption creeps
And us in dreadful bondage keeps;
In guilt we draw our infant breath
And reap its fruits of woe and death.

3 From hearts depraved, to evil prone,
Flow thoughts and deeds of sin alone;
God's image lost, the darkened soul
Nor seeks nor finds its heav'nly goal.

4 But Christ, the second Adam, came
To bear our sin and woe and shame,
To be our life, our light, our way,
Our only hope, our only stay.

5 As by one man all mankind fell
And, born in sin, was doomed to hell,
So by one Man, who took our place,
We all were justified by grace.

6 We thank you, Christ; new life is ours,
New light, new hope, new strength, new pow'rs;
This grace our ev'ry way attend
Until we reach our journey's end.

Text Information
First Line: All mankind fell in Adam's fall
Title: All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall
Author: Lazarus Spengler, 1479-1534
Translator (st. 1-4, 6): Matthias Loy, 1828-1915
Publication Date: 1993
Meter: LM
Topic: Justification
Source: Translation st. 5The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: Louis Bourgeois, c. 1510-c. 1561
Meter: LM
Key: F Major
Notes: Alternate setting: 102

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