The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Grant Now In Peace I May Depart, Oh Lord

The Nunc Dimittis by Simeon

For The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Words: George Wither

Music: Not Stated

Song XXXV, Luke ii, 29.

'Sing this as the Third Song.'

Source: George Wither, Hymns and Songs of the Church (London: Printed by the Assigns of George Wither, 1623, reprinted London: John Russell Smith, 1856), pp. 147-148.

See: George Wither's Hymns of the Christmas-tide

Grant now in peace (that by thy leave)
I may depart, oh Lord !
For thy salvation seen I have,
According to thy word :
That which prepared was by thee,
Before all people's sight,
Thy Israel's renown to be,
And to the Gentiles light.

Note by George Wither, pp. 147-148.

The fourth Evangelical Hymn is this of Simeon, who, being in expectation of the coming of the Messias (which, according to Daniel's seventy weeks, was in those days to be accomplished), it was revealed unto him, that he should not die till he had seen Christ : and, accordingly, he coming into the Temple by the Spirit's instigation (when he was presented there as the law commanded), both beheld and embraced his Redeemer. In this Song, there fore, he glorifieth God for the fulfilling of his promise made unto him ; and joyfully confesseth Jesus Christ before all the people. In repeating this Hymn we ought also to confess our Redeemer : for Simeon was, as it were, the Church's speaker; and hath for us expressed that thankful joy, wherewithal we should be filled, when God enlightens us with the knowledge and spiritual vision of our Saviour.

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