Bright Maker of the Starry Poles
Translation: Anonymous, From the Evening Office of the Church, 1710. Based on the Primer of 1685, with alterations after the Primer of 1706, and both revised.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), pp. 3-4.
Bright Maker of the starry poles, Eternal light of faithful souls, Christ, man's deliverer, espouse Our cause and hear our humble vows. Who, lest the frauds of hell's black king Should mankind to destruction bring, Didst, by an act of generous love, The fainting world's physician prove. Who, that thou mightst our ransom pay And wash the stains of sin away, Wouldst from a Virgin's womb proceed, And on the cross a victim bleed. Whose glorious power, whose saving name No sooner any voice can frame, But heaven and earth and hell agree To honour them with trembling knee. Thee, of the last accounting day The sovereign judge, we humbly pray, Of heavenly grace such plenty send, As may thy Church from foes defend. Let endless times aloud proclaim The glory, power, praise and name Of God, the Father and the Son And Holy Spirit, Three in One.
Note from Shipley:
Hymn 1. Creator alme siderum. Revised from Conditor alme siderum. Ambrosian Vespers Breviary Hymn. Bright Maker of the starry poles. From the Evening Office of the Church, 1710. Based on the Primer of 1685, with alterations after the Primer of 1706, and both revised.
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