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!
|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)|
|Topic:||Christ's Gracious Life: Resurrection and Exaltation; Christian Year: Easter; Christian Year: Ascension(3 more...)|
|Name:||CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN|
|Arranger and Harmonizer:||J. S. Bach (1724)|
|Source:||Geistliche Gesangbüchlein, 1524|