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(XIV.--"Christ lag in Todesbanden.")


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Christ lag in Todesbanden

Luther, 1524

In Death's strong grasp the Saviour lay,

For our offences given;

But now the Lord is risen to-day,

And brings us life from heaven;

Wherefore let us all rejoice

And praise our God with cheerful voice,

And sing loud Hallelujahs.--Hallelujah!

No son of man could conquer Death,

Such mischief sin had wrought us,

For innocence dwelt not on earth,

And therefore Death had brought us

Into thraldom from of old,

And ever grew more strong and bold,

His shadow lay athwart us.--Hallelujah!

But Jesus Christ, God's only Son,

Hath come to conquer for us,

Hath put away our sins, and won

Death's power and title o'er us.

Now 'tis but his form is left,

For of his sting he is bereft

Since Jesus will restore us.--Hallelujah!

It was a wondrous war, I trow,

When Life and Death contended;

But Life hath triumphed o'er the foe,

The reign of Death is ended;

Yea, 'tis as the Scripture saith,

That Christ in dying conquered Death,

And from his realm ascended.--Hallelujah!

Then let us keep the feast to-day

That God Himself hath given;

And His pure Word shall do away

The old and evil leaven;

Christ to-day will meet His own,

And faith will feed on Him alone,

The Living Bread from heaven.--Hallelujah!

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