Scripture Verse

That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death. Hebrews 2:14


Words: Ve­nan­ti­us For­tu­na­tus (ca. 530–609) (Pan­ge lin­gua glo­ri­o­si proe­li­um cer­ta­mi­nis). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Au­gus­tus Nel­son.

Music: Upp, Min Tun­ga Swed­ish Ko­ral­bok, 1697 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Nel­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Venantius Fortunatus


Praise the Sav­ior now and ever;
Praise Him, all beneath the skies;
Prostrate lying, suff’ring, dying
On the cross, a sacrifice.
Vict’ry gaining, life obtaining,
Now in glo­ry He doth rise.

Man’s work faileth, Christ’s availeth;
He is all our right­eous­ness;
He, our Sav­ior, has for­ev­er
Set us free from dire distress.
Through His merit we inherit
Light and peace and happiness.

Sin’s bonds severed, we’re delivered,
Christ has bruised the serpent’s head;
Death no longer is the stronger,
Hell itself is captive led.
Christ has ris­en from death’s prison,
O’er the tomb He light has shed.

For His favor, praise for­ev­er,
Unto God the Fa­ther sing;
Praise the Sav­ior, praise Him ever,
Son of God, our Lord and King.
Praise the Spi­rit, through Christ’s merit,
He doth us sal­va­tion bring.