Thou Framer of the Starry Heaven
For Advent during Vespers
Words: Anonymous 7th Century Latin Hymn, “Ambrosian.”
See Conditor alme siderum, the main page for this family of hymns.
Translator: J. D. Chambers
Source: C. E. Willing, ed., The Book of Common Praise: Hymns With Tunes for the Service of the Church of England (J.T. Hayes, 1868), #6, p. 8.
Music: St. Paul, Harmonized by Mendelssohn.
Thou Framer of the starry Heaven!
Eternal light to mortals given!
O Christ! the world's Redeemer dear,
In mercy our petitions hear!
Who, grieving for the fatal curse
Which doomed to death the universe,
Didst bid Thy dying creatures live,
And pardon to the guilty give.
Earth waned unto her evening hour,
When Thou, a bridegroom from his bower,
Thy Virgin's Mother's spotless shrine,
Cam'st forth in dignity divine.
O Holy Christ! we pray Thee hear !
Who shalt the Judge of men appear;
And while on earth in time we dwell,
Protect us from the assaults of hell !
Laud, honour, virtue, glory, be
To God the Father; Son! To Thee;
And to the Holy Paraclete,
Now and through ages infinite!—Amen.
Sheet Music "St. Paul," Harmonized by Mendelssohn from C. E. Willing, ed., The Book of Common Praise: Hymns With Tunes for the Service of the Church of England (J.T. Hayes, 1868), #6, p. 8.