Creator of the Stars of Night
Words: Latin Hymn, 9th century, trans. John Mason Neale, 1851.
Tune: CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM, Sarum plainsong, Mode IV, 9th century551
Creator of the stars of night,
Your people’s everlasting light,
O Christ, Redeemer of us all,
We pray you hear us when we call.
At your great name, O Jesus now,
All knees must bend, all hearts must bow;
All things on earth with one accord,
Like those in heaven, shall call you Lord.
When this old world drew on toward night,
You came, but not in splendor bright,
Not as a monarch, but a child
Of Mary blameless mother mild.
Come in your holy might, we pray,
Redeem us for eternal day;
Defend us while we dwell below
From all assaults of our dread foe.
In sorrow that the ancient curse
should doom to death a universe,
you came, O Savior, to set free
your own in glorious liberty.
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Praise, honor, might, and glory be
From age to age eternally.