Creator of the stars of night
Creator of the stars of night. Latin, 9th century, translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866).
This is Neale's translation of ‘Conditor alme siderum’*, the hymn that appears in many different forms in medieval breviaries, normally associated with the season of Advent. The compilers of the first edition of A&M altered the first line to ‘Creator of the starry height’*; in EH and NEH Neale’s opening was preferred. There were considerable alterations in NEH from the earlier text, as follows:
EH , 1906NEH , 1986
Creator of the stars of night, Thy people’s everlasting light, Jesu, Redeemer, save us all, And hear thy servants when they call.
Thou, grieving that the ancient curse...
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