Thursday, February 21, 2013

All mankind fell in Adam's fall



by Lazarus Spengler

From one to all the curse descends,
 All mankind fell in Adam's fall,
One common sin infects us all;
From one to all the curse descends,
And over all God's wrath impends.
Through all our powers corruption creeps
And us in dreadful bondage keeps;
In guilt we draw our infant breath
And reap 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 heavenly 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!

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