Scripture Verse

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes. Romans 10:4

Introduction

Words: Se­bas­tien Bes­nault, 1736 (De­bil­is ces­sent el­e­men­ta le­gis). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861.

Music: St. Mi­chael me­lo­dy by Lou­is Bour­geois in the French Ge­ne­van Psal­ter, 1551; adapt­ed by Will­iam Crotch in his Psalm Tunes, 1836 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bes­nault (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you send us an e-mail?

portrait
William Crotch
(1775–1847)

Lyrics

The ancient law departs,
And all its terrors cease;
For Jesus makes with faithful hearts
A covenant of peace.

The light of light divine,
True brightness undefiled,
He bears for us the shame of sin,
A holy, spotless child.

His infant body now
Begins our pains to feel;
Those precious drops of blood that flow
For death the victim seal.

Today the name is Thine,
At which we bend the knee;
They call Thee Jesus, child divine!
Our Jesus deign to be.