The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lord, Who The Stars of Night Bounteous Didst Frame

For Advent during Vespers

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

Translator: John William Hewett, 1859

Music: Not Stated

Sources: John William Hewett, Verses by a Country Curate (London: Joseph Masters, 1859), pp. 17-18.


LORD, Who the stars of night
Bounteous didst frame,
Thou, the Believers’ Light,
Ever the Same ;
CHRIST, Who redeem’d’st us all,
Hear us that meekly call,
Save us from deadly thrall,
Through Thy great Name.

Mourning man's fallen kind
Doom'd to the grave.
Thou didst a med'cine find
Mighty to save;
In the world's ev'ning gloom
Cam'st Thou the Bride's high Groom,
Thee the pure Virgin's Womb
To the earth gave.

Thine is the glory now
For evermore,
All knees before Thee bow
All things adore ;
Things of high Heaven’s birth,
Things of this lower earth,
All speak Thy mighty worth,
All Thy praise pour.

Thee we pray, Holy One,
Vanquish our Foe ;
Thou, Who as Judge shalt come,
Ward off his blow ;
Thee, while the ages run,
FATHER, and Only Son,
With the Bless’d SPIRIT, One,
Teach us to know. Amen.

Note from the Curate:

It would tend much to the convenience of our Hymnals, if compilers would arrange the contents under the four ancient heads : Ordinarium de Tempore, Proprium de Tempore, Commune Sanctorum, Proprium Sanctorum. To these might be added a fifth division containing Occasional Hymns, and a sixth division containing hymns not properly classed with any of the foregoing.

The three Advent Hymns here rendered have been printed separately for use among the writer’s own congregation. A number of Scripture references were appended in hope of inducing the study and appreciation of the Hymns. These references are given here. It might be well if our Hymn Books generally contained such references, with occasional brief notes and illustrations.

Editor's Note:

The two Advent hymns that follow are

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