Nunc Dimittis

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The Nunc Dimittis is a canticle from the New Testament of the Christian Bible, more precisely from the Gospel according to Saint Luke (2 29-31). Luke tells how an old man named Simeon was promised by God that he should not die before he had seen the Messiah: when he saw the baby Jesus, then "took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said" - the following text:

Latin (Vulgate) English (AV) Etcetera
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum: Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel. A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. The Book of Common Prayer inserts 'to be' before 'the glory'