Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Resurrection of Our Lord: Christ Lag in Totesbanden, Part 4

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 4, Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn

But Jesus Christ, God’s only Son,
To our low state descended,
The cause of Death He has undone,
His power forever ended,
Ruined all his right and claim
And left him nothing but the name,
His sting is lost forever. Alleluia!

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