147. All creatures of our God and King

1 All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
alleluia, alleluia!
Bright brother sun with golden beam,
clear sister moon with softer gleam:
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2 Swift rushing wind, so wild and strong,
high clouds that sail in heavens along.
O praise him, alleluia!
New-breaking dawn, in praise rejoice,
and lights of evening, find a voice: [Refrain]

3 Cool flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for your Lord to hear,
alleluia, alleluia!
Fire, with your flames so fierce and bright,
giving to all both warmth and light: [Refrain]

4 Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfolds God's blessings on our way.
O praise him, alleluia!
All flowers and fruits that in you grow,
let them his glory also show: [Refrain]

5 And all who are of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O praise him, alleluia!
All who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and cast on him your care: [Refrain]

6 And you, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our final breath.
O praise him, alleluia!
You homeward lead the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way has trod: [Refrain]

7 Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship God in humbleness.
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One: [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: All creatures of our God and King
Original Language: Latin
Author: St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Translator: William Henry Draper (1855-1933) (alt.)
Refrain First Line: O praise him, O praise him
Meter: 88 8 88 and refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: The Living God: The Activity of God - God in creation; The Activity of God: God in creation; Adoration: Of God
Tune Information
Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Meter: 88 8 88 and refrain
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Geistliche Kirchengesäng, Cologne, 1623
Copyright: Arrangement from The English Hymnal 1906, Oxford University Press

More media are available on the text authority and tune authority pages.

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.