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Conditor alme siderum in the 11th Century

For Advent during Vespers

Words: Anonymous 7th Century Latin Hymn, “Ambrosian.”
See Conditor alme siderum, the main page for this family of hymns.

Source: The Latin Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church. (Durham: George Andrews, 1851)., pp. 34-35. Publication of the Surtees Society, Vol. XXIII. “Derived chiefly from a manuscript of the eleventh century.”

One of several looks at the status of this hymn.

Ad Vesperam

Conditor alme siderum,
Aeterna lux credentium
Christe rredemptor omnium
Exauldi preces suppliccum.

Qui condolens interitu
Mortis perire acculum
Salvasti mundum languidum
Donas reis remedium.

Vergente mundi vespere
Sicut sponsus de thalamo
Egressus honestissima
Virginis atris clausula.

Cujus forti potentiae
Genu curvantur onia
Caelestia terrestria
Fatentur nutu subddita.

Occasum sol custodiens
Luna pallorem retinens
Candor in astris relucens
Certos obsrvat limites

Te deprecamur Agie
Venture judex saeculi
Conserva nos in tempore
Hostis a telis perfidi.

Laus honor virtus gloria
Deo Patri et Filio
Simul cum Sancto Spiritu
In sempiterna secula.

Amen.

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