Scripture Verse

They brought Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord. Luke 2:22


John Chandler
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Se­bas­ti­en Bes­nault, in the re­vised Pa­ris Bre­vi­ary, 1736, as the hymn for the Feast of the Cir­cum­ci­sion at Ma­tins (Fel­ix di­es quem prop­rio). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John Chand­ler, Hymns of the Pri­mi­tive Church, 1837.

Music: Das walt Gott Va­ter, me­lo­dy by Da­ni­el Vet­ter, cir­ca 1718. Adapt­ed and har­mo­nized by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Johann S. Bach


O happy day, when first was poured
The blood of our redeeming Lord!
O 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 fulfill
The mandates of His Fa­ther’s will,
E’en now behold the victim lie,
The Lamb of God, prepared to die!

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

O Lord, the virgin born, to Thee
Eternal praise and glo­ry be,
Whom with the Fa­ther we adore,
And Holy Ghost for­ev­er­more.