All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall

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1 All mankind fell in Adam's fall;
one common sin infects us all.
From one to all the curse descends,
and over all God's wrath impends.

2 Through all our pow'rs corruption creeps
and us in dreadful bondage keeps;
in guilt we draw our infant breath
and reap its fruits of woe and death.

3 From hearts depraved, to evil prone,
flow thoughts 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 were justified by grace.

6 We thank you, Christ; new life is ours,
new light, new hope, new strength, new pow'rs.
This grace our ev'ry way attend
until we reach our journey's end.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #556

Author: Lazarus Spengler

Spengler, Lazarus, was the 9th of the 21 children of Georg Spengler and Agnes his wife, and was born March 13,1479, at Nürnberg, where his father was clerk of the Imperial court of Justice (Landgerichtschreiber). He entered the University of Leipzig in 1494; but on the death of his father on Dec. 27, 1496, he returned to Nürnberg, obtained a position in the town clerk's office, in 1507 became himself town clerk (Raths Syndikus), and in 1516 also Rathsherr. When Luther was passing through Nürnberg, in 1518, on his way to Augsburg, Spengler made his acquaintance. He warmly espoused the Reformation doctrines, published in 1519 his Schutzre in Luther's favour, and himself became one of the leaders in the Reformation work at Nürnberg. He was… Go to person page >

Translator: Matthias Loy

Loy, M., President of the Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, contributed several original hymns, and translations from the German, to the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal. Published by Order of the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States. Columbus, Ohio, 1880. The translations may be found through the Index of Authors, &c.; the original hymns are the following:— 1. An awful mystery is here. Holy Communion. 2. At Jesus' feet our infant sweet. Holy Baptism. 3. Come, humble soul, receive the food. Holy Communion. 4. Give me, 0 Lord, a spirit lowly. Humility desired. 5. God gave His word to holy men. Inspiration of Holy Scripture. 6. God of grace, Whose word is sure. Faithfulness. 7. How matchless is… Go to person page >

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First Line: All mankind fell in Adam's fall
Title: All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall
German Title: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt
Author: Lazarus Spengler
Translator: Matthias Loy
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



LES COMMANDEMENS (French for "the commandments"), a rich and graceful tune in the Hypo-Ionian mode (major), was used in the Genevan Psalter (1547) for the Decalogue and for Psalm 140, and later in British psalters and in the Lutheran tradition. The first setting in the Psalter Hymnal derives from Cl…

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