Immense coeli Conditor. St. Gregory the great? [Monday.] This hymn, on the Second Day of the Creation, has been frequently ascribed to St. Ambrose, but the Benedictine editors do not acknowledge it as his, nor is it claimed for him by Luigi Biraghi in his Inni sinceri e carmi de Sant Ambrogio, Milan, 1862. Mone thinks it is by St. Gregory, but it is not included in the Benedictine edition of St. Gregory's Opera. It is found as a Vesper hymn in almost all old Breviaries and hymnaries, generally assigned to Monday, as in the Roman, Sarum, York, Aberdeen, Mozarabic and other Breviaries.
[Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
Translations in common use:—
1. Floods of water, high in air. By T. Whytehead, in his Poems, 1842, p. 72, in 5 stanzas of 5 lines. This is a paraphrase rather than a translation of "Immense coeli Conditor." In 1872 it was given in the Hymnary as "Lo! the firmament doth bear."
2. Lord of immensity sublime. By R. Caswall. First published in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 17, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in his Hymns & Poems, 1873, p. 11. It was repeated in the People's Hymnal, 1867.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Catholic Church Hymnal with Music #178||Lord of immensity sublime!||Lord of immensity sublime!||1905|
|Lyra Catholica: containing all the hymns of the Roman breviary and missal, with others from various sources. Arranged for every day in the week, and the festivals and saints' days... #63||Lord of immensity sublime||Lord of immensity sublime||Edward Caswall||1851|