Scripture Verse

As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:14–15

Introduction

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Philip Doddridge
1702–1751

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 308: Sa­tan and death con­quered by the death of Christ.

Music: Ach Gott und Herr, in As Hym­no­dus Sa­cer, ed­it­ed by Chris­tian Gall (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1625). Adapt­ed & har­mo­nized by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Johann S. Bach
1685–1750

Lyrics

Satan, the dire in­vad­er, came
Our new made world t’an­noy;
And death marched dread­ful in his rear;
His cap­tives to de­stroy.

Caught in his snares, our fa­ther sank;
With him his child­ren fell;
And death his fa­tal shaft pre­pared
To smite them down to hell.

Jesus with pi­ty­ing eye beheld,
And left His star­ry crown;
Turned his own we­apons on the foe,
And mowed his le­gions down.

By death the Sav­ior death dis­armed,
That we in light may shine;
And fixed this great, mys­te­ri­ous law,
That dust should dust re­fine.

No more the point­ed shaft we fear;
Nor dread the mon­ster’s boast;
No more the pi­ous dead we mourn,
As friends for ev­er lost.

Their tongues, great Prince of life, shall join
With our re­co­vered breath,
And all th’im­mor­tal host, t’as­cribe
Our vic­to­ry to Thy death.