Scripture Verse

God made two great lights…He made the stars also.@Genesis 1:16

Words: Un­known au­thor, 7th Cen­tu­ry (Con­di­tor al­me si­der­um). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale in the Hym­nal Not­ed, 1852.

Music: Con­di­tor Sar­um me­lo­dy (🔊 pdf nwc).

portrait
John M. Neale
(1818–1866)

Lyrics

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
Should doom to death a universe,
Hast found the medicine, full of grace,
To save and heal a ruined race.

Thou cam’st, the Bridegroom of the bride,
As drew the world to evening-tide;
Proceeding from a virgin shrine,
The spotless victim all divine.

At whose dread name, majestic now,
All knees must bend, all hearts must bow;
And things celestial Thee shall own,
And things terrestrial, Lord alone.

O Thou whose coming is with dread
To judge and doom the quick and dead,
Preserve us, while we dwell below,
From every insult of the foe.

To Him who comes the world to free,
To God the Son, all glory be;
To God the Father, as is meet,
To God the blessèd Paraclete.