"Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands"

                    by Martin Luther, 1483-1546

                               Text From:

                       THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

        (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        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 hallelujah!


        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,

        His sting is lost forever.


        3. Here the true Paschal Lamb we see,

        Whom God so freely gave us;

        He died on the accursed tree-

        So strong His love!-to save us.

        See, His blood doth mark our door;

        Faith points to it, Death passes o'er,

        And Satan cannot harm us.


        4. 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.


        5. Then let us feast this Easter Day

        On Christ, the Bread of heaven;

        The Word of Grace hath purged away

        The old and evil leaven.

        Christ alone our souls will feed,

        He is our meat and drink indeed;

        Faith lives upon no other.


Notes: Hymn 195 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Acts 2:24 Author: Martin Luther, 1524, cento Translated by: Richard Massie, 1854, alt. Titled: "Christ lag in Todesbanden" Tune: "Christ lag in Todesbanden" Latin melody, c. 1100 Based on "Christ is erstanden"
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