Creator of the world, to thee (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2022-06-03)  CPDL #69550:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-06-03).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern

General Information

Title: Creator of the world, to thee
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Charles Coffin

Translation by John Mason Neale

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1684
Description: Music from Christian Knorr von Rosenroth's Neuer Helicon, 1684. A descant to the hymn can be found here.

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Original text and translations

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Creator of the world, to thee
an endless rest of joy belongs;
and heavenly choirs are ever free
to sing on high their festal songs.

But we are fallen creatures here,
where pain and sorrow daily come;
and how can we in exile drear
sing out, as they, sweet songs of Home?

O Father, who dost promise still
that they who mourn shall blessèd be,
grant us to weep for deeds of ill
that banish us so long from Thee:

but weeping, grant us faith to rest
in hope upon thy loving care;
till thou restore us, with the blest,
their songs of praise in Heav’n to share.

To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
the God whom Heav’n and earth adore,
from men and from the Angel-host
be praise and glory evermore.