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Canticle of the Sun

Language: English after the Italian - Medieval (Volgare)

Most high, all-powerful good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor, and every blessing.

All praise to You, my Lord, with all your creatures,
and first for Brother Sun,
who is the day and through whom You give us light.

And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor;
and bears an image of You, Most High.

All praise to You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
You formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

All praise to You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather,
through which You give life to your creatures.

All praise to You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

All praise to You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains and governs us
and who brings forth varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

All praise to You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night.
And he is beautiful and joyous and robust and strong.

All praise to You, my Lord, through those who pardon through your love,
and bear sickness and tribulation.

Blessed are those who endure in peace,
for by You, Most High, they will be crowned.

Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
and serve Him with great humility.


Submitted by Dave Evan Thomas

Authorship


Based on
  • a text in Italian - Medieval (Volgare) by Francis of Assisi, Saint (1182 - 1226), "Cantico del le creature", written 1224? GER SPA DUT ITA POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Sandro Fuga, Sofia Gubaidulina, Paavo Heininen, Wilhelm Killmayer, Franz Liszt. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in Italian - Medieval (Volgare), original text by Saint Francis of Assisi (1182 - 1226) , title 1: "Cantico della Creature", 1224? ENG GER SPA DUT POR ITA by Sandro Fuga, Sofia Gubaidulina, Paavo Heininen, Franz Liszt, Wilhelm Killmayer.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Gino Perara , title unknown ENG GER SPA DUT POR by Charles Martin Tornov Loeffler.
  • Also set in Spanish (Español), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown [an adaptation] ENG GER DUT POR ITA by Joaquín Rodrigo Vidre.
  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by C. Mertz , title unknown ENG GER SPA POR ITA by Theo Van der Bijl.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888) , title 1: "The Canticle of the Sun", from Essays in Criticism GER SPA DUT POR ITA by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, Howard Leake Boatwright, Joseph Roff, Martin Edward Fallas Shaw, Martin Edward Fallas Shaw, Leo Sowerby, Virgil Garnett Thomson, Raymond Hockley.
  • Also set in Portuguese (Português), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG GER SPA DUT ITA by Ernst Mahle.

Text added to the website: 2006-06-14T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:02:19
Line count: 26
Word count: 228

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