The song of Simeon; or, Death made desirable.
Lord, at thy temple we appear,
As happy Simeon came,
And hope to meet our Savior here;
O make our joys the same!
With what divine and vast delight
The good old man was filled,
When fondly in his withered arms
He clasped the holy child!
“Now I can leave this world,” he cried,
“Behold, thy servant dies;
I’ve seen thy great salvation, Lord,
And close my peaceful eyes.
“This is the light prepared to shine
Upon the Gentile lands,
Thine Isr’el’s glory, and their hope
To break their slavish bands.”
[Jesus! the vision of thy face
Hath overpowering charms;
Scarce shall I feel death’s cold embrace,
If Christ be in my arms.
Then while ye hear my heart-strings break,
How sweet my minutes roll!
A mortal paleness on my cheek,
And glory in my soul.]