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Song of Simeon or Nunc Dimittis (SACRED HARP) Ephiphany introit or choral benediction for Unison voices with organ accompaniment, arr. by Pamela Webb Tubbs

Nunc Dimittis

Nunc Dimittis (also Song of Simeon or Canticle of Simeon) is a canticle from a text in the second chapter of Luke named after its incipit in Latin, meaning ’Now you dismiss…’ (Luke 2:29–32), often used as the final song in a religious service. According to the narrative in Luke, Simeon was a devout Jew who had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. When Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem for the ceremony of consecration of the firstborn son (not on circumcision, but rather after the time of Mary’s purification, at least 40 days after the birth), Simeon was there, and he took Jesus into his arms and uttered words translated in the Book of Common Prayer (1662) thus: "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; To be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel." [Ref: Wikipedia] The tune used here is the American folk melody LAND OF REST, from SACRED HARP (1844).

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