In His Temple Now Behold Him   3 comments

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Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and its predecessor bodies

Original German Words (1674) by Johann Franck (1618-1677)

English Translation (1863) by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)


1.  Light of Gentile nations,

Thy people’s Joy and Love!

Drawn by Thy Spirit hither,

We gladly come to prove

Thy presence in Thy temple,

And wait with earnest mind,

As Simeon once had waited

His Saviour God to find.

2.  O Lord, Thy servants meet Thee,

E’en now, in ev’ry place

Where Thy true Word hath promised,

That they should see Thy face.

Thou yet wilt gently grant us,

Who gather round Thee here,

In faith’s strong arms to bear Thee,

As once that aged seer.

3.  Be Thou our Joy, our Brightness,

That shines ‘mid pain and loss,

Our sun in times of terror,

The glory round our cross;

A glow in sinking spirits,

A sunbeam in distress,

Physician, Friend in sickness,

In death our happiness.

4.  Let us, O Lord, be faithful,

With Simeon, to the end,

That so his dying song may

From all our hearts ascend:

“O Lord, let now Thy servant

Depart in peace for aye,

Since I have seen my Saviour,

Have here beheld His day.”

5.  My Saviour, I behold Thee

Now with the eye of faith;

No foe of Thee can rob me,

Though bitter words he saith.

Within Thy heart abiding,

As Thou dost dwell in me,

No pain, no death hath terrors

To part my soul from Thee.

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