Scripture Verse

Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary His mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against. Luke 2:34


Edward Caswall (1814–1878)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Jean B. de San­teüil, in the Pa­ris Bre­vi­ary, 1680 (Tem­pli sac­ra­tas pan­de, Si­on, for­es). Trans­lat­ed to from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ed­ward Cas­wall, Ly­ra Ca­tho­li­ca, 1849.

Music: Ban­gor Will­iam Tan­s’ur, 1734 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

William Tans’ur (1700–1783)


O Zion, open wide thy gates,
Let symbols disappear;
A priest and victim, both in one,
The truth Himself, is here.

No more the simple flock shall bleed;
Behold, the Fa­ther’s Son
Himself to His own altar comes
For sinners to atone.

Aware of hidden deity,
The lowly virgin brings
Her newborn babe, with two young doves,
Her humble offerings.

The agèd Simeon sees at last
His Lord, so long desired,
And Anna welcomes Israel’s hope,
With holy rapture fired.

But silent knelt the mother blest
Of the yet silent Word,
And pondering all things in her heart,
With speechless praise adored.

All glo­ry to the Fa­ther be,
All glo­ry to the Son,
All glo­ry, Holy Ghost, to Thee,
While endless ages run.