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.
Music: Not stated in this edition.
Source: Francis Henry (F.H.) Murray and John Venn, eds., A Hymnal For Use in the English Church (London: J. and C. Mozley, et al., 1855), #3, p. 15.
"And it shall be said in that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us;
this is the Lord; we have waited for Him,
we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
1. CREATOR of the starry height,
Thy people’s everlasting Light,
JESU, REDEEMER, bow Thine ear,
Our suppliant vows in pity hear.
2. Thou, lest through Satan’s wiles the curse
Should doom to death the universe,
With mighty love inflamed, wast made
Th’ expiring world’s all-healing Aid;
3. Thou, by the Cross that world to win
From common stain of common sin,
Didst issue from a Virgin shrine,
The spotless Victim all Divine;
4. At vision of Thy glory bright,
At mention of Thy Name of might,
Angels on high and fiends below
In reverence or in trembling bow;
5. To Thee, O LORD, to Thee we pray,
Almighty Judge in that dread day,
Protect us in the heavenward fight
With armour of celestial light.
6. To HIM, Who came the world to free,
To GOD, the SON, all glory be ;
To GOD, the FATHER, as is meet,
To GOD, the blessed PARACLETE. Amen.
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