The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Maker of the Starry Sphere Light to Faithful

For Advent during Vespers

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.

Translator: Not Stated but appears to be an alteration of Robert Campbell's translation of 1850.
Maker of the Starry Sphere

Music: Not Stated

Source: Horatio Nelson, 3rd Earl Nelson, and Rev. John Keble. Eds., The Salisbury Hymn-Book. A Selection of Hymns for Public and Private Use (Salisbury: Brown and Co., 1857), #32, p. 30.

Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. Is. 25:9

Maker of the starry sphere,
Light to faithful bosoms dear,
Jesu, Saviour, Lord of all,
Hearken to Thy people's call.

When our nature fainting lay,
Crushed by Satan’s cruel sway,
Blest Physician! Thou in love
Gavést healing from above.

In the blessed Virgin's womb
Purest flesh Thou didst assume,
That to God on high might rise
An all-holy Sacrifice.

Unto Heaven exalted now,
At Thy holy Name shall bow
All that on the earth do dwell,
All in Heaven, and all in hell.

Thou, Who on the judgment day
Our most secret thoughts shalt weigh
Shield us while we dwell below,
From the weapons of the Foe.

Honour, glory, love, and praise,
Be through never-ending days,
To the Father and the Son
And the Spirit, Three in One.



Also found in Dayman, Nelson and Woodford, eds., The Sarum Hymnal (Salisbury: Brown and Co. et al, 1868, 1870), #28, p. 15. Dedicated to the Right Rev. Walter Kerr, Lord Bishop of Salisbury; Compiled by Edward Arthur Dayman, Horatio Nelson (3rd Earl Nelson.), James Russell Woodford, Bishop of Ely.

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