When to the temple Mary went

Johannes Eccard

When to the temple Mary went,
And brought the Holy Child,
Him did the aged Simeon see,
As it had been revealed.
He took up Jesus in his arms
And blessing God he said:
In peace I now depart, my Saviour having seen,
The Hope of Israel, the Light of men.

Help now thy servants, gracious Lord,
That we may ever be
As once the faithful Simeon was,
Rejoicing but in Thee;
And when we must from earth departure take,
May gently fall aslepp and with Thee wake.

trans. J Troutbeck


Johannes Eccard (1553-1611)
He was a pupil at Munich of Orlando Lassus and a voluminous composer of sacred vocal music.