The Ancient Law Departs

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Melodie - "Potsdam"; from the Chruch Psalter and Hymnbook, 1854; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Sebastian Besnault, 1726

The ancient Law departs,
And all its fears remove,
For Jesus makes with faithful hearts
A covenant of love.

2. The Light of Light Divine,
True brightness undefiled,
He bears for us the pain of sin
A holy, spotless Child.

3. His infant body now
Begins the cross 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. Amen.


These lyrics from the Paris Breviary, 1736

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