28. 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!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

2. Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice! [Refrain]

3. Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light. [Refrain]

4. Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show. [Refrain]

5. And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care! [Refrain]

6. And thou most kind and gentle death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way hath trod. [Refrain]

7. Let all things their creator bless,
And worship Him 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
Title: All Creatures of Our God and King
Latin Title: Cantico di fratre sole
Author: Francis of Assisi (1225)
Translator: William H. Draper
Refrain First Line: O praise Him! O praise Him!
Language: English
Source: Translation: Public School Hymn Book, 1919
Notes: St. Francis wrote this hymn shortly before his death, but it was not published for almost 400 years. Translated by William H. Draper for a children's Whitsuntide festival in Leeds, England
Tune Information
Composer: Anonymous (17th Century)
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Incipit: 11231 34251 17313
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng (Köln, Germany: Peter von Brachel, 1623); Harmony in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 519

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