The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Creator of the Starry Height

For Advent during Vespers

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

Translation by "F" — R. F. Littledale

Source: The People's Hymnal (London: J. Masters, 1877), #7, p. 4.

Meter: L.M.

1. Creator of the starry height,
The faithful's everlasting Light,
Jesu, Redeemer of us all,
In mercy hearken as we call.

2. Thou, grieving that all living breath
Should perish by the law of death,
Hast for the world salvation wrought,
And healing to the guilty brought.

3. When this world's night began to fall,
As goes a bridegroom from his hall,
Thou camest from Thy palace-room,
Thy Virgin Mother's stainless womb.

4. Before Thy boundless Majesty
The whole creation bows the knee,
And things on earth, with those on high,
Beneath Thy sway subjected lie.

5. O Holy One, to Thee we pray,
Who comest at the Judgment-day,
Protect us here from every blow
Aimed at us by the crafty foe.

6. All glory, honour, virtue, laud,
We pay Thee, Everlasting God,
The Father, and the Only Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One.

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