Aeterne rerum conditor. St. Ambrose. [Sunday Morning.] This hymn by St. Ambrose is received as genuine by the Benedictine editors….
The use of this hymn has been most extensive. In the Mozarabic Breviary (1502, f. 2) it is the hymn at Matins on the 1st Sunday in Advent, and generally on Sundays in Advent, Lent, Palm Sunday, Whitsun Day, &c.; in the Sarum, York, Evesham, Hereford, and St. Alban's, at Lauds on Sundays from the Octave of the Epiphany to Lent, and from the 1st Oct. to Advent; in the Worcester at Matins (so also some old Breviaries of the Benedictine Order (Daniel, i. g. 15); and in the Roman, for Sundays at Lauds, from the Octave of the Epiphany to the 1st Sunday in Lent, and from the S. nearest to the 1st of Oct. to Advent.
The text of this hymn is found in the Junius of the 8th century, No. xxv., and in two llth century manuscripts in the British Museum (Harl. 2961, f. 2186; Jul. A. vi. f. 19). In the Latin Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church, 1851, it is printed from a Durham manuscript of the llth century, and is given in the following works: St. Ambrosii Opp., Paris, 1836, p. 200; Daniel, i. 15, iv. 3; Trench, 1864, 243; Cardinal Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838, &c. Daniel and Trench are specially rich in illustrative notes. The variations in the Roman Breviary are also found in these works. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B. D.]
Translations in common use:—
2. Framer of the earth and sky. By Cardinal Newman. The earliest date to which we have traced this translation is in R. Campbell's St. Andrew's Hymnal, 1850. In 1853 it was repeated in Card. Newman's Verses, and again in his Verses on Various Occasions, 1868. In this latter work this translation, in common with others, is dated 1836-38. The text from Campbell is repeated with slight alterations in the Hymnary, 1872.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Church Hymns: with tunes (New ed.) #57||Framer of the earth and sky||Framer of the earth and sky||77 77||1903|
|Great Hymns of the Middle Ages #d10||Framer of the earth and sky||Framer of the earth and sky||Ambrose of Milan||1909|
|The Catholic Hymnal: containing hymns for congregational and home use, and the vesper psalms, the office of compline, the litanies, hymns at benediction, etc. #172||Framer of the earth and sky||Framer of the earth and sky||1885|