Creator of the Starry Height
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.
Francis Pott, Translator
Originally appeared in Francis Pott (1832-1909) , ed., Hymns Fitted to the Order of Common Prayer (1861).
Source: Sir Arthur Sullivan, ed., Church Hymns With Tunes (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge), 1885), #65.
Tune: St. Sepulchre.
“The Redeemer shall come.” – Isa. 59:20
Creator of the starry height
Thy people's everlasting light,
O Christ, Redeemer, bow Thine ear;
In mercy our petitions hear.
Thou, who, for grief that all mankind
In death their hopeless doom should find,
Didst come to save a guilty race
By healing gifts of heavenly grace;
Who didst our very flesh assume,
Abhorring not the Virgin's womb;
That so to God on high might rise
An all-atoning Sacrifice;
At whose great Name of glory now
All knees in lowly homage bow;
Whom things in heaven and earth adore,
Their mighty King for evermore:
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.
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Praise, honor, might, and glory be,
From age to age eternally. Amen.
Sheet Music "St. Sepulchre" from Sir Arthur Sullivan, ed., Church Hymns With Tunes (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge), 1885), #65.