The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Dear Maker of the Starry Skies!

For Advent at Vespers
On Sundays and Week-days during Advent

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.

Translated by Edward Caswall and originally published with the title Creator of the Starry Frame

Music: Not Stated

Source: Edward Caswall, ed., Hymns and Poems, Original and Translated. Second Edition. (London: Burns, Oates, & Co., 1873), pp. 24-25.

Dear Maker of the starry skies!
Light of believers evermore!
Jesu, Redeemer of mankind
An ear to thy poor suppliants give.

When man was sunk in sin and death,
Lost in the depth of Satan’s snare,
Love brought Thee down to cure our ills,
By taking of those ills a share.

Thou, for the sake of guilty men,
Permitting thy pure blood to flow
Didst issue from thy Virgin shrine,
And to the Cross a Victim go.

So great the glory of thy might,
If we but chance thy name to sound,
At once all Heaven and Hell unite
In bending low with awe profound.

Great Judge of all ! in that last day,
When friends shall fail, and foes combine,
Be present then with us, we pray,
To guard us with thy arm divine.

To God the Father, with the Son,
With Holy Spirit, One and Three,
Be honour, glory, blessing, praise,
All through the long eternity.

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