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Presentation in the Temple.

Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation.

From the Gospel. [Lk. 2:29-30]

6,6,8,6

Herr Jesu Licht der Heiden

Johann Franck. 1653.

trans. by Catherine Winkworth, 1855

Light of the Gentile world!

Thy people's joy and love!

Drawn by Thy Spirit we are come

Thy presence, Lord, to prove.

Within Thy temple walls

We wait with earnest mind,

As Simeon waited long of old

His Saviour God to find.

Thou wilt be found of us,

O Lord, in every place,

Where Thou hast promised faithfully

We should behold Thy face.

Thou yet dost suffer us,

Who oft are gathered here,

To bear Thee in the arms of faith

As once that aged seer.

Be Thou our bliss, our light

Shining 'mid pain and loss,

Our Sun of strength in time of fear,

The glory round our cross;

A glow in sinking hearts,

A sunbeam in distress,

Physician, nurse, in sickness' hours,

In death our happiness.

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Oh let us, Lord, prevail

With Simeon at the last;

May we take up his dying song

When life is waning fast!

"Let me depart in peace,

Since that mine aged eyes

Have seen the Saviour here on earth,

Have seen His day arise."

Yes, with the eye of faith

My Jesus I behold;

No foe can rob me of my Lord,

Though fierce his threats and bold.

I dwell within Thy heart,

Thou dost in mine abide,

Not sorrow, pain nor death itself,

Can tear me from Thy side.

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