Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Resurrection of Our Lord: Christ Lag in Totesbanden, Part 3

Today All for Hymn features Bach's Easter Cantata (aka Cantata #4), Christ Lag in Totesbanden. The literal English translation is "Christ Lay in Death's Bands." The common metered translation is "Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands." It is the Hymn of the Day for Easter Sunday.

Christ Lag in Totesbanden
Cantata #4 by JS Bach
Part 3, Den Tod Niemand Zwingen Kunnt

No son of man could conquer Death,
Such mischief sin had wrought us,
For innocence dwelt not on earth,
And therefore Death had brought us
Into thralldom from of old
And ever grew more strong and bold
And kept us in his bondage. Alleluia!

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