The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Creator Of The Starry Height

For Advent

Words: Conditor alme siderum, Ambrosian, 6th or 7th Century,
trans. John Mason Neale, 1851, alt.

Conditor alme siderum, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Eisenach, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Brockham, Breslau, St. Gregory
Meter: LM

Source: W. H. Monk and C. Steggall, eds., Hymns Ancient and Modern (London, William Clowes and Sons, Old Edition, 1889), Hymn 45

1. Creator of the starry height,1
Thy people's everlasting light,
Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,2
Hear thou thy servants when they call.

2. Thou, sorrowing at the helpless cry
Of all creation doomed to die,
Didst save our lost and guilty race
By healing gifts of heavenly grace.

3. When earth was near its evening hour,
Thou didst, in love's redeeming power,
Like bridegroom from his chamber, come
Forth from a Virgin-mother's womb.

4. At thy great Name, exalted now,
All knees in lowly homage bow;
All things in heaven and earth adore,
And own Thee King for evermore.

5. To thee, O Holy One, we pray,
Our Judge in that tremendous day,
Ward off, while yet we dwell below,
The weapons of our crafty foe.

6. To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Praise, honor, might and glory be3
From age to age eternally.


1. Or: Creator of the 'stars of night' Return

2. Or: 'Jesus, Redeemer of us all,' Return

3. Or: 'Laud, honor, might and glory be' Return

Alternate Third Verse:

3. Thou cam'st, the Bridegroom of the bride,
As drew the world to eventide;
Proceeding from a virgin shrine,
The spotless Virgin all divine.

Sheet Music "Creator alme," from William Henry Monk, ed., Hymns, Ancient & Modern. (London: Novello and Co., 1861), Hymn 31.

Creator_Starry_Height-HAM-1861-No31-96.jpg (104971 bytes)

Sheet Music "Evening Hymn" from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #28, p. 39

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