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Blest Day, When From The Saviour Flowed

A fragment.

For Circumcision

Words: Felix dies, quam proprio. Matins Hymn from the Paris Breviary, for the Circumcision, by Benault, priest of Sens, 1726.

Translation:  Robert Campbell, of Sherrington

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 26.

Blest day, when from the Saviour flowed 
The precious drops of infant blood ; 
Blest day, on which began the doom 
That leads him to the cross and tomb. 

	Behold, he hastens to fulfil 
His heavenly Father's holy will ; 
The law's own Lord the law obeys, 
The sinless blood for sinners pays. 

	The law that made the Saviour bleed 
Must fall, and love's own law succeed ; 
O Saviour, in our conscience write 
Thy law, and stamp thine image bright. 

	Jesu, the Virgin-born, thy praise 
Be sung through never-ending days ; 
The Father and the Spirit be 
Adored alike, O Lord, with Thee. 

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