The Ancient Law Departs

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

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

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.

To-day the Name is Thine,
At which we bend the knee;
They call Thee Jesus, Child Divine!
Our Jesus deign to be.

All praise, Eternal Son,
For Thy redeeming Love,
With Father, Spirit, ever One,
In glorious Might above. Amen.

Words: Abbé Sébastien Besnault, d. 1724; tr. Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861.
Tune: “St. Michael Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter, 1551.
Meter: 6.6.8.6

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.

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