The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Creator of the Starry Height Of Hearts Believing

For Advent during Vespers

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.

Translation by Orby Shipley

Music: Not Stated

Source: Orby Shipley, Lyra Messianica (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864), pp. 26-27

Creator of the starry height,
Of hearts believing endless Light,
Jesu, Redeemer, bow thine Ear, 
Thy suppliants' vows in pity hear ;

Who, left the earth, through evil eye,
Of treacherous Fiend, should waste and die, ,
With mighty Love instinct, were made,
Th' expiring world's all-healing Aid :

Who to the Cross, that world to win,
From common slain of common sin,
From Virgin Shrine, a Virgin Birth,
A spotless Victim issuest forth ;

At vision of Whole Glory bright, ,
At mention of Whole Name of Might,
Angels on high and Fiends below,
In reverence or in trembling bow :

Almighty Judge, to Thee we pray,
Great Umpire of the last dread Day,
Protect us through th' unearthly fight,
With Armour of Celestial Light.


The original text was a single paragraph without stanza breaks. Unlike most, Mr. Shipley did not translate the doxology, which, in Latin, begins "Laus, honor, virtus, gloria."

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