1 All mankind fell in Adam's fall,
One common sin infects them all;
From sire to son the bane descends,
And over all the curse impends.
2 Through all man's pow'rs corruption creeps
And him in dreadful bondage keeps;
In guilt he draws his infant breath
And reaps 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 received the gift of grace.
6 We thank Thee, Christ; new life is ours,
New light, new hope, new strength, new pow'rs:
May grace our ev'ry way attend
Until we reach our journey's end!
|First Line:||All mankind fell in Adam's fall|
|Title:||All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall|
|German Title:||Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt|
|Author:||L. Spengler, 1479-1536|
|Translator:||M. Loy, 1828-1915|
|Meter:||87 87 66 667|
|Topic:||Law and Gospel; Trinity 18|
|Notes:||Hymn text, suggested tune WENN WIR IN HÖCHSTEN NÖTEN SEIN|