Creator of the earth and sky

Creator of the earth and sky

Author: St. Ambrose; Translator: Charles Bigg
Published in 8 hymnals

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1 Creator of the earth and sky,
Ruling the firmament on high,
Clothing the day with robes of light,
Blessing with gracious sleep the night.

2 That rest may comfort weary men,
And brace to useful toil again,
And soothe awhile the harassed mind,
And sorrow’s heavy load unbind:

3 Day sinks; we thank thee for thy gift;
Night comes; and once again we lift
Our prayer and vows and hymns that we
Against all ills may shielded be.

4 That when black darkness closes day,
And shadows thicken round our way,
Faith may no darkness know, and night
From faith’s clear beam may borrow light.

5 Pray we the Father and the Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One;
Blest Trinity, whom all obey,
Guard thou thy sheep by night and day.

Source: The New English Hymnal #152

Author: St. Ambrose

Ambrosius (St. Ambrose), second son and third child of Ambrosius, Prefect of the Gauls, was born at Lyons, Aries, or Treves--probably the last--in 340 A.D. On the death of his father in 353 his mother removed to Rome with her three children. Ambrose went through the usual course of education, attaining considerable proficiency in Greek; and then entered the profession which his elder brother Satyrus had chosen, that of the law. In this he so distinguished himself that, after practising in the court of Probus, the Praetorian Prefect of Italy, he was, in 374, appointed Consular of Liguria and Aemilia. This office necessitated his residence in Milan. Not many months after, Auxentius, bishop of Milan, who had joined the Arian party, died; and m… Go to person page >

Translator: Charles Bigg

Bigg, Charles, D.D., son of Thomas Bigg, was born in 1840 at Higher Broughton, Manchester, and was educated at Manchester Grammar School and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Scholar 1859; B.A. 1862). He became a Senior Student of Christ Church 1862, tutor 1863, M.A. 1864, D.D. 1876; returning to Christ Church in 1901 as Canon and Regius Prof, of Eccles. History. He was Bampton Lecturer in 1886, and is the author of various theological works. He contributed two translations (2, 49) to The English Hymnal, 1906. In his Wayside Sketches, 1906, there are charming papers on Prudentius, Paulinus of Nola, and Thomas a Kempis. [Rev. James Mearns] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Creator of the earth and sky
Latin Title: Deus Creator omnium
Author: St. Ambrose
Translator: Charles Bigg
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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