The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Creator alme siderum in the 19th Century

For Advent during Vespers

Words: The 17th Century adaptation of an anonymous 7th Century Latin Hymn, “Ambrosian.”
See Conditor alme siderum, the main page for this family of hymns.

Source: John Henry Cardinal Newman, Hymni ecclesiae, Pars II. (London: Alexandrum Macmillan, 1865), p. 245-6.

Ad Vesperas

Creator alme siderum,
Aeterna lux credentium,
Jesu Redemptor omnium,
Intende votis supplicum.

Qui, daemonis ne fraudibus
Periret orbis, impetu
Amoris actus, languidi
Mundi medela factus es.

Commune qui mundi nefas
Ut expiares, ad crucem
E Virginis Sacrario
Intacta prodis victima.

Cujus potestas gloriae,
Nomenque cum primum sonat
Et Coelites, et inferi
Tremente curvantur genu.

Te deprecamur ultimae
Magnum diei Judicem;
Armis supernae gratiae
Defende nos ab hostibus.

Virtus, honor, laus, gloria,
Deo Patri, cum Filio,
Sancto simul Paraclito,
In saeculorum saecula.

Editor's Note:

Favorably compared to Philipp Wackernagel, Das deutsche Kirchenlied von Martin Luther bis auf Nicolaus Herman und Ambrosius Blaurer (Stuttgart G.O. Liesching, 1841), #720, p. 604, subject to the observation that that text was in Blackletter.

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