Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands

Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands. Martin Luther* ( 1483-1546), translated by Richard Massie* (1800-1887). This translation of Luther’s ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’* (itself a translation of ‘Victimae Paschali’*) was first published in Massie’s Martin Luther’s Spiritual Songs (1854). Although not used by British Anglican books, it was widely adopted by nonconformist ones. Originally the hymn had seven stanzas: Christ lay awhile in Death’s strong bands,   For our offences 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 Hallelujah!...

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