Simeon held a child in his arms,
Called by the Spirit to the temple.
He was so very old, this man
Of God; but waited, promised
By the Holy Ghost that he would
See Emmanuel before his death.
Now, as he raised the infant high
Presenting him to God his Father
Simeon praised the Lord in mighty
Prayer, for he had heard.
The Spirit, with clear trumpet sound,
And the echo of the angels
Crying, “Here is Christ, the king!”

[illustration] Painting by Greg K. Olsen