O Lord, now let thy servant

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1 O Lord, now let Thy servant
Depart with heav'nly peace,
For I have seen the glory
Of Thy redeeming grace:
A Light to lead the Gentiles
Unto Thy holy hill,
The glory of Thy people,
Thy chosen Israel.

2 How blessèd is the vision
E'en here of Thy great love,
But still my spirit yearneth
To see Thy face above,
Where in Thy holy image
I, too, shall join the throng
Of ransomed souls in glory,
And sing the Lamb's new song.

3 Then grant that I may follow
Thy gleam, O glorious Light,
Till earthly shadows scatter,
And faith is changed to sight;
Till raptured saints shall gather
Upon that shining shore,
Where Christ, the blessèd Daystar,
Shall light them evermore.


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #590

Author: Ernest Edwin Ryden

Ernest Edwin Ryden is a distinguished Lutheran clergyman who has been a life-long student of hymns. At present he is pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut. This is the latest of a long series of services he has rendered in the Lutheran Church. For twenty-seven years he was editor of "The Lutheran Companion," the official organ of the former Augustana Lutheran Church. His contributions to hymnody were many. He was a member of the Committee which created the Augustana Hymnal of 1925 to which he contributed eight original hymns and translations. He was co-editor of the Junior Hymnal for which he wrote a number of hymns. He was secretary of the committee which prepared the Service Book and Hymnal. Here again he h… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Lord, now let thy servant
Author: Ernest Edwin Ryden
Meter: D
Source: Nunc dimittis
Language: English
Copyright: © 1925 Board of Publication, Lutheran Chruch in America



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