Debilis Cessent Elementa Legis

This hymn was used for Vespers I on the Feast of the Lord’s Circumcision (Octave of Christmas) in the Paris Breviary(1736).

Debilis cessent elementa legis:
Sat diu mentes timor occupavit:
Fœdus æterni stabilire Iesus
Cœpit amoris.

Sole de vero radius, paterni
Luminis purus sine nube splendor,
Probra peccati puer ecce tinctus
Sanguine præfert.

Stillat excisos pueri per artus
Efficax noxas abolere sanguis:
Obligat morti pretiosa totum
Stilla cruorem.

Hæc dies nomen tibi comparavit,
O Puer, pronus quod adoret orbis;
Et simul dici, simul ipse Iesus
Incipis esse.

Summa laus Patri; simul æqua Nato,
Qui suo mundum redimit cruore:
Par sit amborum tibi laus per omne,
Spiritus, ævum. Amen.

Words: Abbé Sébastien Besnault, d. 1724.
Tune: Unknown

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
The Ancient Law Departs


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