369. All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall

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 Thro' 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 tho'ts 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 powers:
May grace our every 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 (1524, cento)
Translator: Matthias Loy (1880, alt.)
Publication Date: 1941
Meter: L.M.
Topic: Faith and Justification
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: L.M.
Key: F Major
Source: "Genevan Psalter," 1547

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