Creator of the Stars of Night
For Advent during Vespers
Words: Anonymous 7th Century Latin Hymn, “Ambrosian.”
See Conditor alme siderum, the main page for this family of hymns.
Translation: Alteration of the Translation by Rev. John Mason Neale
Music: "Rockingham," Meter: LM
Source: Rev. William Mercer, The Church Psalter and Hymn Book. Oxford Edition. (London: James Nisbet and Co., 1861, 1864), Hymn 78, p. 37.
Creator of the stars of night,
Thy people's everlasting Light,
Jesu, Redeemer of us all,
Now hearken to thy supplicant's call:
Thou who didst grieve to see a world
To endless death and darkness hurled,
And hast restored our sinking race
By wondrous gifts of healing grace.
Soon shall this universal frame
Bend low the knee to thy dread name:
Heaven, earth, and hell, all prostrate fall,
And own thee Sovereign Lord of all.
O Holy One, thy grace we pray,
Thou coming Judge at that great day!
Ward off, whilst yet we dwell below,
The shafts of our perfidious foe.
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three-in-One,
Praise, honour, might, and glory be,
Now, henceforth, and eternally.
Sheet Music "Rockingham" from Rev. William Mercer, The Church Psalter and Hymn Book. Oxford Edition. (London: James Nisbet and Co., 1861, 1864), Hymn 78, p. 37.