The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Creator of the Starry Frame, Eternal Light

For Advent at Vespers
On Sundays and Week-days during Advent

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

Translated by Edward Caswall.

Music: Not Stated

Source: Edward Caswall, ed., Lyra Catholica: Containing All the Breviary and Missal Hymns, with Others From Various Sources (London: James Burns, 1818), pp. 43-44.

Creator of the starry frame !
Eternal Light of all who live!
Jesu, Redeemer of mankind
An ear to thy poor suppliants give.

When man was sunk in sin and death,
Lost in the depth of Satan’s snare,
Love brought Thee down to cure our ills,
By taking of those ills a share.

Thou, for the sake of guilty men,
Causing thine own pure blood to flow,
Didst issue from thy Virgin shrine,
And to the Cross a Victim go.

So great the glory of thy might,
If we but chance thy name to sound,
At once all Heaven and Hell unite
In bending low with awe profound.

Great Judge of all ! in that last day,
When friends shall fail, and foes combine,
Be present then with us, we pray,
To guard us with thy arm divine.

To God the Father, and the Son,
All praise and power and glory be;
With Thee, O holy Comforter!
Henceforth through all eternity.

Note:

Rev. Caswall later changed some of these lyrics and republished the poem under its new name "Dear Maker of the Starry Skies!" in Edward Caswall, ed., Hymns and Poems, Original and Translated. Second Edition. (London: Burns, Oates, & Co., 1873), pp. 24-25.

The lines in square brackets are the changes Rev. Caswall made in the publication of his Hymns and Poems, Original and Translated (1873]. Change to footnotes on the web site. In the Indexes, give both first lines.

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