Scripture Verse

The parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him after the custom of the law. Luke 2:27


Words: Hen­ry J. Pye, Hymns 1851 (stan­zas 1–3); Will­iam Cooke, 1853 (stan­za 4).

Music: Sieh, hier bin ich Geist­reich­es Ge­sang­buch (Darm­stadt, Ger­ma­ny: 1698) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Pye or Cooke (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


In His tem­ple now be­hold Him,
See the long ex­pect­ed Lord;
Ancient pro­phets had fore­told Him—
God has now ful­filled His word.
Now to praise Him, His re­deem­èd
Shall break forth with one ac­cord.

In the arms of her who bore Him,
Virgin pure, be­hold Him lie,
While his ag­èd saints ad­ore Him
Ere in faith and hope they die.
Hallelujah! Hal­le­lu­jah!
Lo, th’in­car­nate God most high.

Jesus, by Thy pre­sen­ta­tion,
Thou, who didst for us en­dure,
Make us see our great sal­va­tion,
Seal us with Thy pro­mise sure.
And pre­sent us in Thy glo­ry
To Thy Fa­ther, cleansed and pure.

Prince and Au­thor of sal­va­tion,
Be Thy bound­less love our theme!
Jesus, praise to Thee be giv­en
By the world Thou didst re­deem.
With the Fa­ther and the Spir­it,
Lord of ma­jes­ty su­preme!