Creator of the Starry Height Of Hearts Believing
For Advent at Vespers
The Saturday Before the First Sunday, and Every Saturday in Advent
Words: Anonymous 7th Century Latin Hymn, “Ambrosian.”
See Conditor alme siderum, the main page for this family of hymns.
Translator: William John Copeland
Music: Not Stated
Source: William John Copeland, Hymns for the Week and Hymns for the Seasons (London: W.J. Cleaver, 1848), pp. 53-54.
Creator of the starry height,
Of hearts believing endless Light,
Jesu, Redeemer, bow Thine ear,
Thy suppliants' vows in pity hear ;
Who, lest the Earth, through evil eye
Of treacherous fiend should waste and die,
With mighty love instinct, wert made
Th' expiring world's all-healing Aid :
Who to the Cross, that world to win
Prom common stain of common sin,
From Virgin shrine, a Virgin Birth,
A spotless Victim issuest forth ;
At vision of Whose glory bright,
At mention of Whose Name of might,
Angels on high and fiends below
In reverence or in trembling bow :
Almighty Judge, to Thee we pray,
Great Umpire of the last dread Day,
Protect us through th' unearthly fight
With armour of celestial light.
To God, the Father, and the Son,
And Holy Ghost all praise be done :
All honour, might, and glory be
Through all the long eternity.