Hymnary Friends,

Please pardon this brief interruption, and please consider a gift today to support the work of Hymnary.org. Here's why.

Each month half a million people visit this website for free access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet. But this project does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. Twice a year we hold a fund drive, and these drives are critical to our future.

So if you benefit from Hymnary.org, would you consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Click the Donate button below to be taken to a secure giving site. Or you can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team, our thanks.
Harry Plantinga

The ancient law departs

Representative Text

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

Author: Sebastian Besnault

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. --Hymnal 1940 Companion… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The ancient law departs
Latin Title: Debilis cessant elemnta legis
Author: Sebastian Besnault (1736)
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

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)

Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #165
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)

Instances

Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
TextPage Scan

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #158

TextPage Scan

Lutheran Service Book #898

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #165

Include 40 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us



Advertisements