Nunc dimittis (Song 3) (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • (Posted 2013-07-28)  CPDL #29731:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-07-28).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Arranged by Ross Jallo. Original key; note values halved. Alto and tenor parts are editorial.

General Information

Title: Nunc dimittis
Composer: Orlando Gibbons
Lyricist: George Wither

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredEvening Canticles

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1623 in The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (George Wither), no. 3
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.

English.png English text

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.