The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Creator Of The Starry Pole

For Advent during Vespers

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

Translator: John Henry Cardinal Newman

Music: Not Stated

Source: John Henry Cardinal Newman, Verses on Various Occasions. New Edition. (London: Longmans, Geen and Co., 1889), pp. 262-263.

Creator of the starry pole,
Saviour of all who live,
And light of every faithful soul,
Jesu, these prayers receive.

Who sooner than our foe malign
Should triumph, from above
Didst come, to be the medicine
Of a sick world, in love ;

And the deep wounds to cleanse and cure
Of a whole race, didst go,
Pure Victim, from a Virgin pure,
The bitter Cross unto.

Who hast a Name, and hast a Power,
The height and depth to sway,
And Angels bow, and devils cower,
In transport or dismay ;

Thou too shalt be our Judge at length ;
Lord, in Thy grace bestow
Thy weapons of celestial strength.
And snatch us from the foe.

Honour and glory, power and praise.
To Father, and to Son,
And Holy Ghost, be paid always.
The Eternal Three in One.

Also found in Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 215.

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