Creator of the Stars Above
For the Advent.
From The Primer, 1706
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), Appendix p. 19.
Creator of the stars above, The light by which thy faithful move, The righteous cause, and humble vows Of those whom you redeemed, espouse, Who, lest the specious wiles of hell Should o'er the yielding world prevail, Compelled by love's enforced decree Do make yourself its remedy. Your earthly sufferings now begin To save the world involved in sin ; And from the Virgin's sacred womb Continue to the cross and tomb. The voice no sooner sounds the fame Of the almighty Jesus' name, But heaven and hell at once agree And jointly bend their trembling knee. Vouchsafe, O sovereign judge, we pray, That at the last accounting day, Our foe may not prevail, or we Give up the souls were made for thee. May each succeeding age proclaim Thy glory and eternal fame ; And sing with the celestial host The Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
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