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Creator of the Starry Height

First Sunday in Advent - Evening

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

Translator: Unknown

Source: James Aitken Johnson, ed., The English Hymnal (Oxford and London: John Henry and James Parker, 1856, 1861), #27, p. 28.

Meter: LM

Creator of the starry height,
Of souls believing endless Light;
Jesu, Redeemer of us all,
Thy suppliants here on Thee who call.

Thou, grieving that the universe,
A dying lay beneath the curse,
In love didst give Thyself to be
The life-restoring Remedy.

The world's sin Thou to expiate,
Didst stoop to take man's low estate,
And to the Cross Thyself resign,
A Victim pure and all divine.

At mention of whose name of might,
At vision of whose glory bright,
Angels on high and fiends below
In rev'rence or in trembling bow.

Thee, Lord, our future Judge, we pray,
Uphold us in the last dread day,
And arm us now for ghostly fight
With armour of celestial light.

To God the Father, with the Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One,
All honour, praise, and glory be
Now and throughout eternity.


Also found in James Aitken Johnson, ed., An English Hymnal, or Hymn-Book for the use of the Church of England. Third edition. (J. H. & Jas. Parker, 1861).

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