This hymn is used for Vespers on Sundays and weekdays during the Season of Advent in both Forms.
Creator of the starry frame!
Eternal Light of all who live!
Jesu, Redeemer of mankind!
An ear to thy poor suppliants give.
When man was sunk in sin and death,
Lost in the depth of Satan’s snare,
Love brought Thee down to cure our ills,
By taking of those ills a share.
Thou, for the sake of guilty men,
Causing thine own pure blood to flow,
Didst issue from thy Virgin shrine,
And to the Cross a Victim go.
So great the glory of thy might,
If we but chance thy name to sound,
At once all Heaven and Hell unite
In bending low with awe profound.
Great Judge of all! in that last day,
When friends shall fail, and foes combine,
Be present then with us, we pray,
To guard us with thy arm divine.
To God the Father, and the Son,
All praise and power and glory be;
With Thee, O holy Comforter!
Henceforth through all eternity. Amen.
[Within the Octave of the Feast of the Conception.]
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.
Words: Anonymous Latin, 7th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, C.O., 1849.
Tune: “Conditor” Proper Sarum melody, Mode IV.
The original Latin text (Creator Alme Siderum) is found here.