Reformation Poetry

In light of the approaching Reformation Day I’ve been reading Roland Bainton’s Here I Stand a Life of Martin Luther. I have thoroughly enjoyed this classic work on the great Reformer and have learned much.

I found this poem by Hans Sachs, which summarized Luther’s teaching to be extraordinary.

“The Wittenberg Nightingale”

Luther teaches that we all

Are involved in Adam’s fall.

If man beholds himself within,

He feels the bite and curse of sin.

When dread, despair, and terror seize,

Contrite he falls upon his knees.

Then breaks for him the light of day.

Then the gospel may have sway.

Then sees he Christ of God the Son,

Who for us all things has done.

The law fulfilled, the debt is paid,

Death overcome, the curse allayed,

Hell destroyed, the devil bound,

Grace for us with God has found.

Christ, the Lamb, removes all sin.

By faith alone in Christ we win.

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