871. O Light of Gentile Nations

1 O Light of Gentile nations,
O Savior from above,
Drawn by your Spirit's leading,
We come with joy and love
To enter now your holy temple
And wait with watchful mind,
As Simeon once had waited
His Savior God to find.

2 Yes, Lord, your servants meet you
In ev'ry holy place
Where your true Word has promised
That we should see your face.
And still today you grant us,
Who gather round you here,
In arms of faith to bear you,
As did that aged seer.

3 Let us, O Lord, be faithful
Like Simeon to the end,
So that his prayer exultant
May from our hearts ascend:
"O Lord, now let your servant
Depart in peace, I pray,
Since I have seen my Savior,
Have here beheld his day."

Text Information
First Line: O Light of Gentle nations
Title: O Light of Gentile Nations
Original Language: German
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878
Author: Johann Franck, 1618-1677
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011
Topic: Presentation of the Lord; Holy Family: B
Tune Information
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: f minor
Source: Welsh melody

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