The ancient law departsAuthor: Sebastian Besnault (1736)
Tune: ST. MICHAEL (Genevan)
Published in 44 hymnals
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1 The ancient law departs
And all its terrors cease;
For Jesus makes with faithful hearts
A covenant of peace.
2 The Light of Light divine,
True Brightness undefiled,
He bears for us the shame of sin,
A holy, spotless Child.
3 To-day the Name is Thine,
At which we bend the knee;
They call Thee Jesus, Child divine!
Our Jesus deign to be.
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871
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)
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #158||The Ancient Law Departs||The ancient Law departs||POTSDAM||S. Besnault, d. 1724||S M||Leviticus 12:6-8||1996||Circumcision and Name of Jesus |||Tr. composite, alt.|
|Lutheran Service Book #898||The Ancient Law Departs||The ancient Law departs||POTSDAM||Sebastian Besnault, d. 1724||S M||Luke 2:21; Matthew 1:21||2006||Feasts and Festivals |||<cite>The Lutheran Hymnal,</cite> 1941 (Setting)|
|Small Church Music #1331||St. Michael||The ancient law departs||ST. MICHAEL||Sebastian Besnault||188.8.131.52|
|The Cyber Hymnal #165||The Ancient Law Departs||The ancient law departs||ST. MICHAEL||Sebastien Besnault||SM||Translated from Latin to English in <cite>Hymns Ancient and Modern<cite>, 1861|