367. 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 God's praises thankfully
with songs of allelujah!

2 It was a strange and dreadful strife
when life and death contended;
the victory remained with life:
the reign of death was ended.
Stripped of pow'r, no more it reigns,
an empty form alone remains;
death's sting is lost forever!

3 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.

Text Information
First Line: Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands
Title: Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands
Original Language: German
Author: Martin Luther (1524)
Translator: Richard Massie (1854, alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Easter; Christ--Victorious; Christian year--Easter
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1707)
Key: d minor or modal
Source: Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn (1524)

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