The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Blest Creator of the Stars

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.

Translation by E. W. Eddis in his Irvingite Hymns for the Use of Churches, 1864.

Source: Hymns For The Use Of The Churches. Second Edition. (London: Strangeways and Walden, 1871), #85, p. 86.

O Blest Creator of the stars,
The Light of those who look to Thee ;
Jesu ! Redeemer of the world,
Accept our vows, our Refuge be.

When all in Satan's bondage lay,
In sickness, nigh unto the grave,
Thou camest down with healing power,
The languid, drooping world to save.

Before the glory of Thy Name,
To God's own throne exalted now,
In heaven above, in earth beneath,
Adoring, every knee shall bow.

Great Judge of all, till Thou appear,
Be Thou our Guide, our Guard, our Friend ;
And with the armour of Thy grace
Our souls from Satan's wiles defend.

Glory and honour, praise and might,
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Holy Paraclete,
Throughout all ages, ever One.


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