The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Creator of Yon Circles Bright


Hymn for the Circumcision
Also For Advent During Vespers

Words: Creator alme siderum

Another Translation: Bright Builder of the Heavenly Poles

Source: Richard Mant, Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London: Rivingtons, 1871), pp. 73-74.

Creator of yon circles bright, 
    Redeemer, Saviour, Lord of all, 
Thy faithful servants' life and light, 
    Hear, hear us, Jesus, when we call.

Mankind when Satan captive held 
    To save us from his fraudful lure, 
Thou eamest, by mighty love impell'd, 
    A fainting world's support and cure.

When sunk in sin, our common loss, 
    Alas! we knew not to repair, 
Thou eamest, of woman made, the cross, 
    A sinless sacrifice, to bear.

Soon as Thy name is heard to sound,
    Heir of paternal sovereignty, 
Celestial potentates uncrown'd
    And fiends infernal bow the knee.

Thee Lord of all our tongues confess, 
    Judge of the world when time shall end; 
O with Thy grace Thy servants bless, 
    And with Thy sheltering arm defend.

To Him in whom His saints delight,
    His Church on earth, His heavenly host,
Be blessing, honour, glory, might, 
    To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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