Creator Of The Starry Pole
For Advent during Vespers
Words: The 17th Century adaptation of an anonymous
7th Century Latin Hymn, “Ambrosian.”
See Conditor alme siderum, the main page for this family of hymns.
Translator: John Henry Cardinal Newman
Music: Not Stated
Source: John Henry Cardinal Newman, Verses on Various Occasions. New Edition. (London: Longmans, Geen and Co., 1889), pp. 262-263.
Creator of the starry pole,
Saviour of all who live,
And light of every faithful soul,
Jesu, these prayers receive.
Who sooner than our
Should triumph, from above
Didst come, to be the medicine
Of a sick world, in love ;
And the deep wounds to
cleanse and cure
Of a whole race, didst go,
Pure Victim, from a Virgin pure,
The bitter Cross unto.
Who hast a Name, and hast a Power,
The height and depth to sway,
And Angels bow, and devils cower,
In transport or dismay ;
Thou too shalt be our
Judge at length ;
Lord, in Thy grace bestow
Thy weapons of celestial strength.
And snatch us from the foe.
Honour and glory,
power and praise.
To Father, and to Son,
And Holy Ghost, be paid always.
The Eternal Three in One.
Also found in Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 215.