Now let your servant, this prophet,
this Nelson Mandela
depart in peace –
after the tumult and the confinement,
the things he did,
the wisdom and farseeing that he spoke,
the truth and reconciliation
he held and blessed.
He saw hope for your people of South Africa,
and lit revelation for the world,
which always longs for princes of peace
watches the rising and falling,
in every generation
fears what opposes justice
and swords in any mother’s heart.
Honor him for the very simeon
of his long waiting.
Now the last prison door is past
and he has entered into his salvation.