Little is known of Abbé Besnault save that he was a priest of St. Maurice at Sens and one of the contributors to the Cluniac Breviary of 1686. He died April 29, 1724. Some of his hymns are also included in the Sens Breviary of 1726, and two hymns, for the Feast of the Circumcision, in the Paris Breviary, 1736.
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Debilis cessent elementa legis. Abbe Besnault. [The Circumcision.] In the revised Paris Breviary,1736, it is the hymn for first Vespers on the Feast of the Circumcision. It is also in the Lyons and other modern French Breviaries, and Card. Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865. Translated as:—
1. The ancient law departs. By the compilers of Hymns Ancient & Modern, first appeared in the trial copy of that collection, 1859, and again in the 1st edition, 1861. It has passed into a few hymnals in Great Britain and America, and is sometimes altered.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: The Ancient Law DepartsFirst Line: The ancient Law departsTune Title: POTSDAMAuthor: S. Besnault, d. 1724Meter: S MScripture: Leviticus 12:6-8Date: 1996Subject: Circumcision and Name of Jesus |Source: Tr. composite, alt.
Display Title: The Ancient Law DepartsFirst Line: The ancient Law departsTune Title: POTSDAMAuthor: Sebastian Besnault, d. 1724Meter: S MScripture: Luke 2:21; Matthew 1:21Date: 2006Subject: Feasts and Festivals |Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)
Display Title: The Ancient Law DepartsFirst Line: The ancient law departsTune Title: ST. MICHAELAuthor: Sebastien BesnaultMeter: SMSource: Translated from Latin to English in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861