63 A A SONG OF BROTHER SUN
Altissimu, onnipotente, bon Signore

1 Most High, all powerful, good Lord,*
to you be praise, glory, honour and all blessing.
2 Only to you, Most High, do they belong*
and no one is worthy to call upon your name.
3 May you be praised, my Lord, with all your creatures,
   especially brother sun,*
through whom you lighten the day for us.
4 He is beautiful and radiant with great splendour;*
he signifies you, O Most High.
5 Be praised, my Lord, for sister moon and the stars:*
clear and precious and lovely,
   they are formed in heaven.
6 Be praised, my Lord, for brother wind
   and by air and clouds, clear skies and all weathers,*
by which you give sustenance to your creatures.
7 Be praised, my Lord, for sister water,*
who is very useful and humble and precious and pure.
8 Be praised, my Lord, for brother fire,
   by whom the night is illumined for us:*
he is beautiful and cheerful, full of power and strength.
9 Be praised, my Lord, for sister, our mother earth,
   who sustains and governs us*
and produces diverse fruits
   and coloured flowers and grass.
10 Be praised, my Lord,
   by all those who forgive for love of you*
and who bear weakness and tribulation.
11 Blessèd are those who bear them in peace:*
for you, Most High, they will be crowned.
12 Be praised, my Lord, for our sister,
   the death of the body,*
from which no one living is able to flee;
   woe to those who are dying in mortal sin.
13 Blessèd are those who are found doing your most holy will,*
for the second death will do them no harm.
14 Praise and bless my Lord and give him thanks*
and serve him with great humility.
Francis of Assisi

63 B A SONG OF BROTHER SUN – Metrical version
Altissimu, onnipotente, bon Signore

1 Most High, omnipotent, good Lord,
To you be ceaseless praise outpoured,
And blessing without measure;
From you alone all creatures came;
No one is worthy you to name.
2 My Lord be praised by Brother Sun,
Who through the skies his course does run,
And shines in brilliant splendour;
With brightness he does fill the day,
And signifies your boundless sway.
3 My Lord be praised by Sister Moon,
And all the stars that with her soon
Will point the glitt’ring heavens.
Let wind and air and cloud and calm,
And weathers all, repeat the psalm.
4 By Sister Water, then be blest
Most humble, useful, precious, chaste.
Be praised by Brother Fire:
Cheerful is he, robust and bright,
And strong to lighten all the night.
5 By Mother Earth my Lord be praised;
Governed by you, she has upraised
What for our life is needful.
Sustained by you through every hour,
She brings forth fruit and herb and flower.
6 My Lord be praised by those who prove
In free forgivingness their love,
Nor shrink from tribulation.
Happy, who peaceably endure:
With you, Lord, their reward is sure.
7 By Death, our Sister, praisèd be,
From whom no one alive can flee.
Woe to the unpreparèd!
But blest be those who do your will
And follow your commandments still.
8 Most High, omnipotent, good Lord,
To you be ceaseless praise outpoured
And blessing without measure.
Let every creature thankful be
And serve in great humility.
Based on Francis of Assisi