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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 alleluia. Alleluia!

No son of man could conquer death,
Such ruin sin had wrought us.
No innocence was found on earth,
And therefore death had brought us
Into bondage from of old
And ever grew more strong and bold
And held us as its captive. Alleluia!

Christ Jesus, God’s own Son, came down,
His people to deliver;
Destroying sin, he took the crown
From death’s pale brow forever.
Stripped of pow’r, no more it reigns;
An empty form alone remains;
Its sting is lost forever. Alleluia!

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 says
That death is swallowed up by death,
Its sting is lost forever. Alleluia!

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 now marks our door;
Faith points to it; death passes o'er,
And Satan cannot harm us. Alleluia!

Text: Martin Luther, 1483-1546, abr.; tr. Richard Massie, 1800-87, alt.
Tune: Latin melody, c. 1100, adapt.