A Poor Brother's Hymnal
Monday, March 06, 2006
  Conditor Alme Siderum: Creator of the Stars of Night
Chords: C F C / F C G/B Am / Dm G Em Am / C Am F C
Chords: D G D / G D A Bm / Em A F#m Bm / D Bm G D
Chords: G C G / C G D Em / Am D Bm Em / G Em C G

English
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 God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Laud, honor, might, and glory be
From age to age eternally.


Latin
Conditor alme siderum,
Aeterna lux credentium,
Christe, redemptor omnium,
Exaudi preces supplicum.

Qui condolens interitu
Mortis perire saeculum,
Salvasti mundum languidum,
Donans reis remedium,

Vergente mundi vespere,
Uti sponsus de thalamo,
Egressus honestissima
Virginis matris clausula.

Cuius forti potentiae
Genu curvantur omnia;
Caelestia, terrestria
Nutu fatentur subdita.

Te, deprecamur, hagie,
Venture iudex saeculi,
Conserva nos in tempore
Hostis a telo perfidi.

Laus, honor, virtus. gloria,
Deo Patri cum Fili
Sancto simul Paraclito,
In sempiterna saecula.


Version II
O Lord of Light, who made the stars,
O Dawn by whom we see the Way
O Christ, Redeemer of us all,
Make haste to listen as we pray!

O deepness beyond measure
O endlessness of dream and sigh
Loosen our grip, unclench our fists,
In your wide grace we gently lie.

O emptiness of time and space
O void without matter or light
Let us attend to the silence
You who come from beyond our sight.

To God, Creator and the One
For ages of eternal days.
Together with the Spirit be
All glory, honor, might, and praise!


Version III
Creator of the stars of night,
thy people's everlasting light,
Jesus, Redeemer, save us all,
hear thou thy servants when they call.

Thou, sorrowing at the helpless cry
of all creation doomed to die,
didst save our lost and guilty race
by healing gifts of heavenly grace.

Thou cam'st, the Bridegroom of the bride,
as drew the world to eventide;
proceeding from a virgin shrine,
the spotless Victim all divine.

At thy great Name, exalted now,
all knees in lowly homage bow;
al things in heaven and earth adore,
and own thee King for evermore.

To thee, O Holy One, we pray,
our Judge in that tremendous day,
ward off, while yet we dwell below,
the weapons of our crafty foe.

To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
laud, honor, might and glory be
from age to age eternally.

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