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324. Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands

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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 alleluia! Alleluia!

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 saith
that death is swallowed up by death;
its sting is lost forever! Alleluia!

3 So let us keep the festival
whereto our Lord invites us.
Christ is himself the joy of all,
the Sun that warms and lights us.
By his grace he doth impart
eternal sunshine to the heart;
the night of sin is ended! Alleluia!

4 Then let us feast this Easter day
on the true bread of heaven;
the word of grace hath purged away
the old and wicked leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed,
he is our meat and drink indeed;
faith lives upon no other! Alleluia!

Text Information
First Line: Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands
Title: Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands
Translator: Richard Massie (1858, alt.)
Author: Martin Luther (1524)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: 8.7.8.7.78.7.4
Scripture: Isaiah 25:8; Hosea 6:3; Hosea 13:14; John 6:55; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:55
Source: Christ lag in Todes Banden
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN
Arranger: J. Walther (1524)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.78.7.4
Key: g minor
Source: Medieval melody



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