Title: Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands
Composer: Trans. Richard Massie, 1854; alt.Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn, 1524 Adapt. And Harm. Johann Sebastian Bach, c. 1707
Author: Martin Luther, 1524
Scripture: Isaiah 25:8 I Corinthians 15:26-28
1. Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands For our offenses given; But now at God's right hand Christ stands And brings us life from heaven; Therefore 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. Holy Scripture plainly saith That death is swallowed up by death; Its sting is lost forever! Alleluia! 3. 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; Christ is our meat and drink indeed; Faith lives upon no other! Alleluia!