On this date, March 13, 1479, Lazarus Spengler was born. Lazarus was a contemporary of Martin Luther and would be considered a reformer. He was also a writer of hymns including several of which are still in some Lutheran hymnals. One of them is titled, All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall.
All mankind fell in Adam’s fall,
One common sin infects us all;
From sire to son the bane descends,
And over all the curse impends.
Through humankind corruption creeps
And them in dreadful bondage keeps;
In guilt they draw the 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
Seeks not nor finds it 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 is sin, was doomed to hell,
So by one Man, who took our place,
We all received the gift of grace.
We thank you, 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.