165. The Ancient Law Departs

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. His infant body now
Begins our pains to feel;
Those precious drops of blood that flow
For death the victim seal.

4. Today the name is Thine,
At which we bend the knee;
They call Thee Jesus, child divine!
Our Jesus deign to be.

Text Information
First Line: The ancient law departs
Title: The Ancient Law Departs
Latin Title: Debilis cessent elementa legis
Author: Sebastien Besnault (1736)
Meter: SM
Language: English
Source: Translated from Latin to English in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1551)
Adapter: William Crotch (1836)
Meter: SM
Incipit: 51322 35432 21176
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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