Also known as 'The Song of Simeon' as the old man recognised the Christ Child in the Temple. Taken from The Gospel according to Luke chapter 2, verses 29 to 32. Sung during Evensong and part of the ancient office of Compline.
The Nunc dimittis (also Song of Simeon or Canticle of Simeon) is a canticle from a text in the second chapter of Luke (Luke 2:29â€“32) named after its first words in Latin. Simeon was a devout Jew who had been promised by the Holy Ghost that he would not die until he had seen the Saviour. When Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem for the ceremony of consecration of the firstborn son (not the 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 rendered variously as follows.