Lucis Creator optime (English text) (Simon Biazeck)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-04)  CPDL #39544:       
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2016-05-04).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The present edition uses John Mason Neale's English singing translation.

General Information

Title: O blest Creator of the light (Lucis Creator optime)
Composer: Simon Biazeck

Lyricist: John Mason Neale Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredOffice hymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2016
Description: An alternatim setting of verses 2 & 4. The original Latin text of this hymn is attributed to Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604). It is used in the Roman Breviary at Vespers for Sundays after Epiphany and Sundays after Pentecost. In the Liturgia Horarum it is used for Sunday evening Vespers for Ordinary Time for the first and third weeks of the Psalter.

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Original text and translations

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O blest Creator of the light,
who mak'st the day with radiance bright,
and o'er the forming world didst call
the light from chaos first of all.

Whose wisdom joined in meet array
the morn and eve, and named them Day:
night comes with all its darkling fears;
regard thy people's prayers and tears.

Lest, sunk in sin, and whelmed with strife,
they lose the gift of endless life;
while thinking but the thoughts of time,
they weave new chains of woe and crime.

But grant them grace that they may strain
the heav’nly gate and prize to gain:
each harmful lure aside to cast,
and purge away each error past.

O Father, that we ask be done,
through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;
who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
doth live and reign eternally.