Taken from Luke's account of the Presentation of Our Lord, this is the song sung by Simeon, to whom "it had been revealed ... by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ."
Several composers have set the English translation of this text. Here is one translation and just a few English anthems based on the text.
depart in peace
according to Thy Word,
for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation
which Thou hast prepared
before the face of all people.
To be a Light to light on the Gentiles
And to be the glory of Thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father
And to the Son
And to the Holy Ghost,
As it was the beginning,
Is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.
by John Shephard (1515-1559)
from The Shorter Service
by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
from Evening Service in g minor
by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
by Thomas Atwood Walmisley (1814-1856)
Nunc Dimittis in D
by George Dyson, (1883-1964)
Dyson draws on chant as well as the English anthem style
from The Short Service
by Philip Stopford [b. 1977(?)]