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Holy Days: The Presentation of Christ, or Purification of St. Mary

273. In his temple now behold him

St. Leonard (Bach):

Meiningen, 1693;

harm. J. Christolph Bach (1642-1703)

Regent Square:

Henry Smart, 1866

Henry J. Pye, 1851

In his temple now behold him;

See the long-expected Lord!

Ancient prophets had foretold him;

God hath now fulfilled his word.

Now to praise him, his redeemèd

Shall break forth with one accord.

In the arms of her who bore him,

Virgin pure, behold him lie,

While his aged saints adore him,

Ere in perfect faith they die:

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Lo, the incarnate God most high!

Jesus, by thy Presentation,

Thou who didst for us endure,

Make us see thy great salvation,

Seal us with thy promise sure;

And present us in thy glory

To thy Father cleansed and pure.


Prince and Author of salvation,

Be thy boundless love our theme!

Jesus, praise to thee be given

By the world thou didst redeem,

With the Father and the Spirit,

Lord of majesty supreme!


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