Adam our head and parent fell,
Unknown before, a pleasure spread,
Through all the mazy deeps of hell.
2 Infernal powers rejoiced to see
The new-made world destroyed, undone;
But God proclaims his great decree,
Of grace and mercy through his Son.
3 ‘Serpent, accursed, thy sentence read,
Almighty vengeance thou shalt feel
The woman’s seed shall crush thy head,
Thy malice slightly bruise his heel.’
4 Thus God declares and Christ descends
In human form to bleed and die;
Whilst by his death, death’s empire ends,
And all the sons of darkness fly.
5 Rising, the King of glory deals
Destruction to his numerous foes;
His power the daring tempter feels,
And sinks oppressed beneath his woes.