263. All creatures of our God and King

1 All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Alleluya, alleluya!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam:

O praise him, O praise him
Alleluya, Alleluya, Alleluya!

2 Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him! Alleluya!
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,
Alleluya, Alleluya!
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, Alleluya!
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, Alleluya!
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! Alleluya!
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 Draper, 1855-1933
Refrain First Line: O praise him, O praise him
Meter: 88 44 88 and refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: Times and Seasons: God in Nature; Rogation Days
Tune Information
Adapter: R. Vaughan Wiliams, 1872-1958
Meter: 88 44 88 and refrain
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Easter hymn in Geistliche Kirchengesang Cologne, 1623
Copyright: Adapt. by permission of Oxford Univeristy Press (from "English Praise")

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