Scripture Verse

As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22


Lazarus Spengler (1479–1534)

Words: La­za­rus Spen­gler, 1524, cen­to (Durch Ad­ams Fall ist ganz ver­derbt). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Mat­thi­as Loy, 1880, alt.

Music: Wenn wir in höch­sten Nöt­en Ge­ne­van Psal­ter, 1547 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Matthias Loy (1828–1915)


All man­kind fell in Ad­am’s fall,
One com­mon sin in­fects us all;
From sire to son the bane des­cends,
And ov­er all the curse im­pends.

Thro’ all man’s pow­ers cor­rupt­ion creeps
And him in dread­ful bonda­ge keeps;
In guilt he draws his in­fant breath
And reaps its fruits of woe and death.

From hearts de­praved, to ev­il prone,
Flow thoughts and deeds of sin alone;
God’s im­age lost, the dark­ened soul
Nor seeks nor finds its heav’n­ly goal.

But Christ, the se­cond Ad­am, came
To bear our sin and woe and shame,
To be our Life, our Light, our Way,
Our on­ly Hope, our on­ly Stay.

As by one man all man­kind fell
And, born in sin, was doomed to hell,
So by one Man, who took our place,
We all re­ceived the gift of grace.

We thank Thee, Christ; new life is ours,
New light, new hope, new strength, new pow­ers:
This grace our ev­ery way at­tend
Until we reach our jour­ney’s end!