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Christ lag in Todesbanden
Text and Translation of Chorale

EKG: 76
Author: Martin Luther (1524)
Chorale Melody: Christ lag in Todesbanden | Composer: Anon / Martin Luther & Johann Walter (1524)

 

Vocal Works by J.S. Bach:

Ver

Work

Mvt.

Year

Br

RE

KE

Di

BC

Type

 

1

BWV 4

Mvt. 2

1707/08

-

-

-

-

A54:2

Chorus [S, A, T, B]

 

2

BWV 4

Mvt. 3

1707/08

-

-

-

-

A54:3

Duet [S, A]

 

3

BWV 4

Mvt. 4

1707/08

-

-

-

-

A54:4

Aria [T]

 

4

BWV 4

Mvt. 5

1707/08

-

-

-

-

A54:5

Chorus [S, A, T, B]

 

5

BWV 4

Mvt. 6

1707/08

-

-

-

-

A54:6

Aria [B]

 

6

BWV 4

Mvt. 7

1707/08

-

-

-

-

A54:7

Aria (Duet) [S, T]

 

7

BWV 4

Mvt. 8

1707/08

184

41

184

-

A54:8

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

5

BWV 158

Mvt. 4

?

261

40

261

24

A61:4, A171:4

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

-

BWV 277

-

?

15

38

15

-

F26.1

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

-

BWV 278

-

?

370

39

371

133

F26.2

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

-

BWV 279

-

?

261

40

261

24

A61:4

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

BWV 158/4: date unknown, probably Leipzig period.

 
 

German Text (verses in bold print set by Bach)

English Translation

1

Christ lag in Todesbanden
Für unsre Sünd gegeben,,
Er ist wieder erstanden
Und hat uns bracht das Leben;
Des wir sollen fröhlich sein,,
Gott loben und ihm dankbar sein
Und singen halleluja,,
Halleluja!

Christ lay in death's bonds
handed over for our sins,
he is risen again
and has brought us life
For this we should be joyful,
praise God and be thankful to him
and sing allelluia,
Alleluia

2

Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt
Bei allen Menschenkindern,.
Das macht' alles unsre Sünd,
Kein Unschuld war zu finden..
Davon kam der Tod so bald
Und nahm über uns Gewalt,
Hielt uns in seinem Reich gefangen..
Halleluja!

Nobody could overcome death
among all the children of mankind.
Our sin was the cause of all this,
no innocence was to be found.
Therefore death came so quickly
and seized power over us,.
held us captive in his kingdom.
Alleluia !

3

Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn,,
An unser Statt ist kommen
Und hat die Sünde weggetan,
Damit dem Tod genommen
All sein Recht und sein Gewalt,
Da bleibet nichts denn Tods Gestalt,

Den Stach'l hat er verloren.
Halleluja!

Jesus Christ, God's son,
has come to our place
and has put aside our sins,
and in this way from death has taken
all his rights and his power,
here remains nothing but death's outward form,
it has lost its sting.
Alleluia!

4

Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg,
Da Tod und Leben rungen,
Das Leben behielt den Sieg,,
Es hat den Tod verschlungen.
Die Schrift hat verkündigt das,
Wie ein Tod den andern fraß,
Ein Spott aus dem Tod ist worden.

Halleluja!

It was a strange battle
where death and life struggled.
Life won the victory,
it has swallowed up death
Scripture has proclaimed
how one death ate the other,
death has become a mockery.
Alleluia

5

Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm,
Davon Gott hat geboten,
Das ist hoch an des Kreuzes Stamm
In heißer Lieb gebraten,
Das Blut zeichnet unsre Tür,
Das hält der Glaub dem Tode für,
Der Würger kann uns nicht mehr schaden.

Halleluja!

Here is the true Easter lamb
that God has offered

which high on the trunk of the cross
is roasted in burning love,
whose blood marks our doors,
which faith holds in front of death,
the strangler can harm us no more
Alleluia

6

So feiern wir das hohe Fest
Mit Herzensfreud und Wonne,
Das uns der Herre scheinen läßt,
Er ist selber die Sonne,
Der durch seiner Gnade Glanz
Erleuchtet unsre Herzen ganz,
Der Sünden Nacht ist verschwunden..
Halleluja!

Thus we celebrate the high feast
with joy in our hearts and delight
that the Lord lets shine for us,
He is himself the sun
who through the brilliance of his grace
enlightens our hearts completely,
the night of sin has disappeared.
Alleluia !

7

Wir essen und leben wohl
In rechten Osterfladen,
Der alte Sauerteig nicht soll
Sein bei dem Wort Gnaden,
Christus will die Koste sein

Und speisen die Seel allein,,
Der Glaub will keins andern leben..
Halleluja!

We eat and live well
on the right Easter cakes,
the old sour-dough should not
be with the word grace,
Christ will be our food
and alone feed the soul,
faith will live in no other way.

Alleluia

--

English Translation by Francis Browne (January 2005)
Contributed by Francis Browne (January 2005)

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