The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Creator of the Starry Height, Of Faithful Hearts

For Advent during Vespers

Words: Anonymous 7th Century Latin Hymn, “Ambrosian.”
See Conditor alme siderum, the main page for this family of hymns.

Trans: John Mason Neale, alt. The Hymnal Noted

Source: Wm. Cooke and Benj. Webb, eds., The Hymnary: A Book of Church Song (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1872), #102, p. 81.

Music: by G. M. Garrett, Mus. D., in E Flat; No tune name or source indicated.

Meter: Long.

Which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber.

Creator of the starry height,
Of faithful hearts the endless Light,
Jesu, Redeemer of us all,
Give ear to Thy poor suppliants' call.

Thou, grieving o'er the fatal curse
Which doomed to death the universe,
Salvation for our race hast wrought,
And healing to the guilty brought.

Love drew Thee down, the world to win
From common stain of common sin ;
Proceeding from a Virgin shrine,
The spotless Victim all divine.

To Thine Almighty Majesty
All things created bend the knee :
Thee all in heaven and earth adore,
And own Thy sway for evermore.

O Thou, Whose coming is with dread,
To judge and doom the quick and dead,
Preserve us, while we dwell below,
From every weapon of our foe.

To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Praise, honour, might and glory be,
From age to age eternally. Amen.

Music: by G. M. Garrett, Mus. D., in E Flat, from Cooke & Webb, eds., The Hymnary: A Book of Church Song (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1872), #102, p. 81.

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