158. The Ancient Law Departs

1 The ancient Law departs,
And all its fears remove,
For Jesus makes with faithful hearts
A covenant of love.

2 The Light of Light Divine,
True brightness undefiled,
He bears for us the pain of sin
A holy, spotless Child.

3 His infant body now
Begins the cross to feel:
Those precious drops of blood that flow
For death the Victim seal.

4 Today the name is Thine
At which we bend the knee.
They call Thee Jesus, Child Divine;
Our Jesus deign to be.

5 All praise, eternal Son,
For Thy redeeming love,
With Father, Spirit, ever One
In glorious might above.

Text Information
First Line: The ancient Law departs
Title: The Ancient Law Departs
Latin Title: Debilis cessant elemnta legis
Author: S. Besnault, d. 1724
Meter: S M
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Circumcision and Name of Jesus
Source: Tr. composite, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: J. S. Bach, 1685-1704
Meter: S M
Key: E♭ Major

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