The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

THE ANCIENT LAW DEPARTS

Words: Sebastien Besnault, 1736.
Translated to English in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861.

Music: St. Michael, melody by Louis Bourgeois in the Genevan Psalter, 1551;
adapted by William Crotch, 1836
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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 pain 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.

5. All praise, Eternal Son,
For Thy redeeming love,
With Father, Spirit, ever One,
In glorious might above.

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