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15. All Creatures of Our God and King

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1 All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
O brother sun with golden beam,
O sister moon with silver gleam,
sing praises! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

2 O brother wind with clouds and rain,
you nurture gifts of fruit and grain.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
O sister water, flowing clear,
make music for your Lord to hear.
Sing praises! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

3 O brother fire, so warm and bright,
chase off the shadows of the night.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfolds such blessings on our way,
sing praises! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

4 All who for love of God forgive,
all who in pain or sorrow grieve,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ bears your burdens and your fears;
so, even in the midst of tears,
sing praises! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

5 And you, most gentle sister death,
waiting to hush our final breath:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Since Christ our light has pierced your gloom,
fair is the night that leads us home.
Sing praises! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

6 O sisters, brothers, take your part,
and worship God with humble heart.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
All creatures, bless the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit, Three in One!
Sing praises! Alleluia!

Text Information
First Line: All creatures of our God and King
Title: All Creatures of Our God and King
Author: Francis of Assisi (1225)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM with alleluias
Scripture: Psalm 65:8; Psalm 96:1-6; Psalm 97:6; Psalm 136:1-9; Psalm 145:10-13; Psalm 148; Psalm 150:6; Jeremiah 32:17-20; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:25-27; Revelation 4:11; Revelation 14:7
Topic: Adoration; Care of Creation; Creation (4 more...)
Source: Trans. composite
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: LASST UNS ERFREUEN
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: LM with alleluias
Key: D Major
Source: Geistliche Kirchengesäng, 1623, alt.
Copyright: Music from the English Hymnal, 1906
Notes: (this tune in a higher key, 327)


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Sometimes called “The Canticle of the Sun,” this cosmic roll call allows human beings to give voice to all creation. One of the earliest religious poems in the Italian language, it is made even more expansive by this broad, repetitive melody with interspersed “Alleluias.”


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