Contents Nunc Dimittis
Canticle of Simeon

Nunc Dimittis is the prayer recited by Simeon at the presentation of Jesus at the temple. (Luke 2:29-31). This canticle has been used daily at Compline since the 4th century.

NUNC dimittis servum tuum, Domine * Secundum verbum tuum in pace: NOW dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, * in peace, according to Thy word:
Quia viderunt oculi mei * salutare tuum For mine own eyes hath seen * Thy salvation,
Quod parasti * ante faciem omnium populorum: Which Thou hast prepared * in the sight of all the peoples,
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, * Et gloriam plebis tuae Israel. A light to reveal Thee to the nations * and the glory of Thy people Israel.

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