"The Ancient Law Departs"
                     by Sebastian Besnault, d.1724
                                 Text From:
              (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.94

        1. 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.

Notes: Hymn #117 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Luke 2:21 Author: Sebastian Besnault, 1736 Translated by: composite, 1861, alt. Titled: "Debilis cessant elementa legis" Composer: Johann S. Bach, 1750, ad. Tune: "Potsdam" 1st Published in: _Church Psalter_, 1854
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