The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Creator of the Stars Above

For Advent

Words: Creator alme siderum. Revised from Conditor alme siderum

Translator: Very Rev. Provost F. C. Husenbeth, 1840-1841.

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 212-213.

Creator of the stars above, 
Eternal source of light and love, 
Jesus, Redeemer, hear our prayer. 
May all thy free redemption share. 

When man, by Satan's wiles deceived, 
His promise, fraught with death, believed, 
The world thus lost, to gain and save 
Thy love a rich redemption gave. 

To free a world enslaved in guilt, 
Thy pure atoning blood is spilt, 
Unsullied from the Virgin's womb, 
A victim to the cross and tomb. 

When far resounds thy glorious fame, 
And heard is thine immortal name, 
O Jesus, Saviour, God, to thee 
Heaven, earth and hell shall bow the knee. 

We deprecate thy dreadful ire, 
Thou that wilt judge the world by fire ; 
Defend us by the arms of grace ; 
Assist us every foe to chase. 

May honour, glory, praise be given 
To God, the eternal king in heaven ; 
The Father, his co-equal Son, 
And Holy Ghost, in essence one. 

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