117. 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 elementa legis
Author: Sebastien Besnault (1736)
Meter: S.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church Year: New Year
Source: Tr. composite, 1881, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: Johann S. Bach, d. 1750 (ad.)
Meter: S.M.
Key: E Major
Source: "Church Psalter," 1854

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