At the end of Will’s organ lessons, he plays some hymns just for me. This afternoon he played a stanza of the powerful hymn, Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands.
It was a strange and dreadful strife
when life and death contended;
the victory remained with life,
the reign of death was ended;
stripped of power, no more it reigns,
an empty form alone remains;
death’s sting is lost for ever!
Read the entire text of the Reformation era hymn here. It’s muscular music for a powerful truth as found in the words of the hymn.