319. 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;
wherefore 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.
Stripped of power, no more it reigns,
an empty form alone remains;
death's sting is lost forever! Alleluia!

3. So let us keep the festival
whereto the 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 (1854)
Author: Martin Luther (1524)
Publication Date: 1989
Topic: Christ's Gracious Life: Resurrection and Exaltation; Christian Year: Easter; Christian Year: Ascension (3 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger and Harmonizer: J. S. Bach (1724)
Key: a minor
Source: Geistliche Gesangbüchlein, 1524

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