In seeculorum saecula. Notes from Rev. Matthew Britt: Author: Ambrosian, 7th cent. Meter: Iambic dimeter.
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In seeculorum saecula. Notes from Rev. Matthew Britt: Author: Ambrosian, 7th cent. Meter: Iambic dimeter. Version: a cento from the Primer, , and the Evening Office, First line of Original Text: Conditor alme siderum. Only one line of this hymn was left unaltered, and only twelve words of the original were retained. Including both texts there are about thirty translations, nine of which are in Mr. Liturgical Use: Vespers hymn for Sundays and week-days during Advent.
The hymns and antiphons of Advent present in a concise and admirable manner the leading ideas of that holy season. Britt, pp Ambrosian. A great many hymns, mostly of the fifth or sixth century, are styled Ambrosiani — Ambrosian hymns. They are so styled either because they were formerly supposed to have been written by St Ambrose, or because they imitate the stanzaic form, the style, meter and austere objectiveness of the genuine hymns of the Saint.
It is now known for certain that many hymns formerly thought to be his are the compositions of unknown writers. These hymns are uniformly written in Iambic dimeter. The term Ambrosian implies no ascription of authorship, but merely a poetical form. If you would like to help support Hymns and Carols of Christmas, please click on the button below and make a donation.
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CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM
Note: There are numerous versions of this ancient hymn. Most versions of this hymn include a doxology of some sort, such as verse 6 in this version. However, it was not a part of the original hymn. This hymn was the inspiration for the Latin Advent hymn Creator alme siderum. Only one line of this hymn was left unaltered, and only twelve words of the original were retained. Source: Rev. Matthew Britt, O.
Creator alme siderum