Creator of the Stars of Night

Representative Text

1 Creator of the starry height,
thy people's everlasting light,
Jesu, redeemer of us all,
hear thou thy servants when they call.

2 Thou, sorrowing at the helpless cry
of all creation doomed to die,
didst come to save our fallen race
by healing gifts of heavenly grace.

3 When earth was near its evening hour,
thou didst, in love's redeeming power,
like bridegroom from his chamber, come
forth from a virgin-mother's womb.

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

5 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.

6 To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
praise, honour, might, and glory be
from age to age eternally.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #33b

Translator: J. M. Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >


Conditor [Creator] alme siderum. [Advent.] This hymn is sometimes ascribed to St. Ambrose, but on insufficient evidence. It was rejected as such by the Benedictine editors; and with this the best authorities agree. It is known in various forms…
Translation in common use:— i. The Sarum Breviary Text: Conditor alme siderum.
1. Creator of the stars of night, by J. M. Neale, in the first edition of the Hymnal Noted, 1852, No. 10, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. This is repeated without alteration in later editions of the Hymnal Noted; in Skinner's Daily Hymnal, 1864; in the Hymner, 1882, and others. It is also given as "Creator of the starry height, Thy people's," &c, in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861 (the alterations being by the compilers, who had printed another arrangement of the text in their trial copy of 1859), and Allon's Supplemental Hymns, 1868, &c. In Mercer, Oxford ed., 1864, it is rewritten by Mercer. Another rendering, slightly altered, from the Hymnal Noted is, "Creator of the starry height, Of faithful hearts," &c, in the Hymnary, 1872.

--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




Instances (1 - 32 of 32)

A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #216


Ancient and Modern #33a


Ancient and Modern #33b

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #148a

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #148b

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #121


Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #288


Common Praise (1998) #96

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Common Praise #25a

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Common Praise #25b


Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #135


Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #108


Evangelical Lutheran Worship #245

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Glory to God #84

Hymnal #177

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #23a

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #23b


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #288

Hymns Old and New #102

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #239

Lift Up Your Hearts #71

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Lutheran Service Book #351

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #72

The Book of Common Praise of the Reformed Episcopal Church #18

The Christian Life Hymnal #76


The Cyber Hymnal #1089

The New English Hymnal #1a

The New English Hymnal #1b

The Presbyterian Hymnal #4

The United Methodist Hymnal #692

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #41

Voices Together #236

Include 48 pre-1979 instances
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