This hymn was used for Vespers I on the Feast of the Lord’s Circumcision (Octave of Christmas) in the Paris Breviary(1736).
The ancient law departs,
And all its terrors cease;
For Jesus makes with faithful hearts
A covenant of peace.
The light of light divine,
True brightness undefiled,
He bears for us the shame of sin,
A holy, spotless child.
His infant body now
Begins our pains to feel;
Those precious drops of blood that flow
For death the victim seal.
Today the name is Thine,
At which we bend the knee;
They call Thee Jesus, child divine!
Our Jesus deign to be. Amen.
Words: Abbé Sébastien Besnault, d. 1724; tr. Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861.
Tune: “St. Michael“ Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter, 1551.
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.