The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Oh, Happy Day, When First Was Poured

Circumcision, Matins.

Compare: O Happy Day, When First Was Poured (from Percy Dearmer, 1906)
 O Blessed Day, When First Was Pour'd (
Monk and Steggall, 1889)

Latin: Felix dies, quam proprio, No. 48, Abbé Sebastien Besnault, d. 1724.

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), pp. 54-55.

Oh, happy day, when first was poured
The blood of our redeeming Lord !
Oh, happy day, when first began
His sufferings for sinful man!

Just entered on this world of woe,
His blood already learned to flow:
His future death was thus expressed,
And thus His early love confessed.

From heaven descending, to fulfil
The mandates of his Father's will,
E'en now behold the victim lie,
The Lamb of God, prepared to die ;

Beneath the knife behold The Child,
The innocent, the undefiled;
For captives He the ransom pays,
For lawless man the law obeys.

Lord, circumcise our hearts, we pray;
Our fleshy natures purge away ;
Thy name, thy likeness may they bear
Yea, stamp thy holy image there!

The Father's name we loudly raise,
The Son, the Virgin-born, we praise :
The Holy Ghost we all adore,
One God, both now and evermore.

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