Bright Builder of the Heavenly Poles
For the Advent.
From the PRIMER, 1685.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), Appendix p. 18.
Bright Builder of the heavenly poles, Eternal light of faithful souls, Jesu, Redeemer of mankind, Our humble prayers vouchsafe to mind. Who, lest the fraud of hell's black king Should all men to destruction bring, Didst, by a strong impulse of love, The fainting world's physician prove. Who, from a sacred Virgin's womb, Didst an unspotted victim come Unto the cross, to cleanse the sin The wretched world was plunged in. The sound of whose high power and name No sooner any voice can frame, But all in heaven, and those that be In hell, bow down with trembling knee. Thee Christ, who at the latter day Shalt be our judge, we humbly pray. Such arms of heavenly grace to send, As from our foes may us defend. Be glory given and honour done, To God the Father and the Son And to the Holy Ghost on high, From age to age eternally.
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