98a. Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands

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!

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 he reigns,
An empty form alone remains;
His sting is lost forever!

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!

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!

Text Information
First Line: Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands
Translator: Richard Massie, 1800 - 87
Author: Martin Luther, 1483-1546
Language: English
Publication Date: 1958
Topic: The Church Year: Easter
Source: Based on the Sequence Victimae Paschali
Tune Information
Meter: 8 7, 8 7, 7 8, 7 4.
Key: d minor or modal
Source: Geistliches Gesangbuchlein, Wittenberg 1524

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