Nunc dimittis (Song 3) (Orlando Gibbons)
- Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-07-28). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 44 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Original key; note values halved. Alto and tenor parts are editorial.
First published: 1623 in The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (London)
Description: This text (a paraphrase of Luke 2:29-32) and the soprano and bass of this tune were both published in George Wither's The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (London, 1623). The text is the thirty-fifth song, prescribed to be sung to the tune of the third song.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Nunc dimittis.
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 preparèd was by thee,
Before all people's sight,
Thy Israel's renown to be,
And to the Gentiles, light.