Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
As Christ died for us, and was buried; so also it is to be believed, that he went down into Hell.
He whose path no records tell,
who descended into hell,
who the strong man armed hath bound,
now in highest heaven crowned.
Michael Weisse (c. 1480-1534); tr. Catherine winkworth (1827-1878)
Hymn 79, Stanza 41, Hymns Ancient & Modern Abridged
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, All*luia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, All*luia!
Death in vain forbids his rise, All*luia!
Christ hath opened Paradise, All*luia!
Incidentally: Today is the Feast of John and Charles Wesley
1 Stanza 4 is the only stanza is starred in the eight stanzas of this hymn. This mark "denotes that the verse may be omitted if desired." Interesting.
2 Not normally printed in hymnals. Interesting.
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