157. O Blessed Day When First Was Poured

1 O blessed day when first was poured
The blood of our redeeming Lord!
O blessed day when Christ began
His saving work for sinful man!

2 While from His mother's bosom fed,
His precious blood He wills to shed;
A foretaste of His death He feels,
An earnest of His love reveals.

3 Scarce come to earth, His Father's will
With prompt obedience to fulfil,
A victim even now He lies
Before the day of sacrifice.

4 In love our guilt He undertakes;
Sinless, for sin atonement makes.
The great Lawgiver for our aid
Obedient to the Law is made.

5 Lord, circumcise our heart, we pray,
And take what is not Thine away.
Write Thine own name upon our hearts,
Thy Law within our inward parts.

6 O Lord, the Virgin-born, to Thee
Eternal praise and glory be,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost forevermore.

Text Information
First Line: O blessed day when first was poured
Title: O Blessed Day When First Was Poured
Latin Title: Felix dies, quam proprio
Author: S. Besnault, c. 1724
Translator: J. Chandler, 1806-76
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: L M
Topic: Circumcision and Name of Jesus
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: L M
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Heilige Seelenlust, Breslau, 1657, adapt.

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