The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Creator of the Starry Poles

For Advent during Vespers

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 (London: John Henry Parker, 1852), No 31, p. 30.

Creator of the starry poles,
Eternal Light of faithful souls,
Jesu, Redeemer of us all,
Thy suppliants hear, on Thee we call.

Who that the earth, through demons’ spite,
Might not be lost and perish quite,
With love instinct Thyself didst give,
The dying world’s restorative.

Who, the world’s sin to take away,
And ransom for the guilty pay,
A Victim pure from virgin shrine,
Didst to the cross Thyself resign.

At vision of Whose glory bright,
At mention of Whose Name of might,
Angels on high and fiends below
In rev’rence 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.

To God the Father, and the Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One,
All honour, might, and glory be,
Now, and through all eternity.

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