The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Thou Builder of the Starry Skies

For Advent

Words: Conditor alme siderum. Original of Creator alme siderum

Translation:  Very Rev. Prior James A. Dominic Aylward, Order of Preachers, 1 843- 1850. 

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), pp. 8-9.

Thou builder of the starry skies, 
	Thou light of every faithful breast, 
Thou, our redeeming sacrifice, 
	Oh, hear the vows to thee addressed : 
Who, lest the fraudful demon-foe 
Should work the world too deep a woe, 
Thyself, for very love, wouldst be 
Its healing balm and remedy. 

Pure from thy Maiden-mother's womb 
	The toilsome pathway thou wouldst trace 
E'en to the cross, to change the doom 
	And cleanse the guilt of all our race : 
To sing thy glories heavenly bright, 
Thy. name, thy power, let all unite ; 
And things above and things below . 
To thee in trembling reverence bow. 

Dread judge and righteous, grant that we, 
	When thou shalt come to judge our race, 
Safe from our foe may guarded be 
	With the bright panoply of grace : 
Be honour, praise and glory shown 
To God the Father, God the Son 
And to the Paraclete divine, 
While heaven's eternjd glories shine. 

Note from Shipley:

7. Conditor alme siderum. Original of Creator alme siderum. From the Salisbury Breviary. Ambrosian Vespers Breviary Hymn.  Thou builder of the starry skies. Very Rev. Prior James A. Dominic Aylward, Order of Preachers, 1843-1850.

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