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Christ Jesus Lay In Death’s Strong Bands – Sunday Songs

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Martin Luther’s classic Easter hymn, Christ Jesus Lay In Death’s Strong Bands.

The lyrics (more or less):
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 light from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be
and sing to God right thankfully
loud songs of hallelujah.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! 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.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
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.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
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.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
5.
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.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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