Words: Martin Luther, 1524, based on Latin Victimae Paschali; tr. Richard Massie, 1854, alt.

Music: Latin melody, c. 1100; adapt. Johann Walther, 1524

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Verse 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 life from heaven;
therefore let us joyful be
and sing to God right thankfully
loud songs of hallelujah. Hallelujah!

Verse 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 says
that death is swallowed up by death,
his sting is lost forever. Hallelujah!

Verse 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 upon our door;
faith points to it, death passes o'er,
and Satan cannot harm us. Hallelujah!
Verse 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!