The Song of Simeon

The Choir of King's College sings Rachmaninoff's "Nunc Dimittis" from his Solemn Vespers (opus 37), my very most favorite setting of the "Song of Simeon." 

Today is the feast of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, where Simeon sees Jesus and then says:

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
   to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
   whom you have prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations, *
   and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
   as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 


Bill Bynum said…
You are right. This is a beautiful setting of Nunc Dimittis. It has a decidedly Slavonic flavor, and the King's College Choir sings it in Russian, no mean feat in itself. Rachmaninoff certainly has a flair for the dramatic.
Yep. He supposedly wrote this for his own funeral, although I believe he didn't get his wish.