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1024. Now, Lord, You Let Your Servant Go in Peace

Text Information
First Line: Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace
Title: Now, Lord, You Let Your Servant Go in Peace
Publication Date: 2012
Source: Nunc dimittis
Copyright: © 1988 English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC)
Tune Information
Name: [Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace] (Butler and Harris)
Composer: James H. Harris
Composer: Tillis Butler
Key: F Major
Copyright: © 1996 Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Notes: This setting of the Song of Simeon is taken from a larger setting of Holy Communion titled The Detroit Folk Mass, composed by James Harris and Tillis Butler (Augsburg Fortress Press). It should be accompanied and sung in a gospel style. As an introduction, a solo voice could sing the text up to the Gloria Patri (through the word “Israel”), and then return to the beginning, inviting all to join. This will allow the congregation not only to hear the text and melody but also to catch the style. The song should be sung regularly at evening services or at the close of communion services so that the congregation can sing it from the heart.

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