Canticle of Brother Sun aka Canticle of The Creatures (St Francis of Assisi: Cantico di Frate Sole) Poem by Oilibheir Álain Christie

Canticle of Brother Sun aka Canticle of The Creatures (St Francis of Assisi: Cantico di Frate Sole)

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Most High, almighty, good Lord, 
Thine are the praise, the glory, the honour, 
and all blessing.
To Thee alone, Most High, are they conferred 
and no one is worthy to mention Thy name. 


Be praised, my Lord with all of Thy creatures,
specially Sir Brother Sun,
who is daylight, and Thou enlighten us with him.
And he is fair and radiant with great splendour:
of Thee, Most High, he bears meaning.

Be praised, my Lord,
for Sister Moon and the stars:
in the sky Thou hast formed them
bright and precious and fair.

Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Wind
and for air, either cloudy or serene,
and for every season,
through whom, Thou giv'st Thy creatures sustenance.

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water;
who is very useful and humble
and precious and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire,
through whom Thou lightest up the night:
and he is fair and merry
and robust and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister Mother Earth,
who feeds us and guides us,
and produces various fruit
together with coloured flowers and herb.


Be praised, my Lord, for those who pardon for your love
and bear up with infirmities and adversity
Blessed be those who endure them in peace,
for by Thee, Most High, they will be crowned.

Be praised, my Lord, for our sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living human can escape:
woe to those who will die in state of mortal sins;
blessed those she will find within Thy holiest will,
for the second death will do them no harm.

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

[Rendered into English by O. Á. Christie
used as subtitles available under the 'closed captions' menu
for the video «St Francis of Assisi's 'Canticle of Brother Sun' read by OÁC / Umbrian Urtext - English subtitles»]


and here is the ORIGINAL TEXT in dialectal Umbrian:

Cantico di Frate Sole / Cantico delle Creature / Laudes Creaturarum

Altissimu, onnipotente bon Signore, 
Tue so' le laude, la gloria e l'honore et onne benedictione.
Ad Te solo, Altissimo, se konfano, 
et nullu homo ène dignu te mentovare.

Laudato sie, mi' Signore cum tucte le Tue creature, 

spetialmente messor lo frate Sole, 

lo qual è iorno, et allumini noi per lui.

Et ellu è bellu e radiante cum grande splendore: 

de Te, Altissimo, porta significatione.

Laudato si', mi Signore, per sora Luna e le stelle:

in celu l'ài formate clarite et pretiose et belle.

Laudato si', mi' Signore, per frate Vento

et per aere et nubilo et sereno et onne tempo, 

per lo quale, a le Tue creature dài sustentamento.

Laudato si', mi Signore, per sor'Acqua.

la quale è multo utile et humile et pretiosa et casta.

Laudato si', mi Signore, per frate Focu, 

per lo quale ennallumini la nocte: 

ed ello è bello et iocundo et robustoso et forte.

Laudato si', mi Signore, per sora nostra matre Terra,

la quale ne sustenta et governa, 

et produce diversi fructi con coloriti fior et herba.

Laudato si', mi Signore, per quelli che perdonano per lo Tuo amore

et sostengono infrmitate et tribulatione.
Beati quelli ke 'l sosterranno in pace,
ka da Te, Altissimo, sirano incoronati.

Laudato si' mi Signore, per sora nostra Morte corporale,
da la quale nullu homo vivente pò skappare:
guai a quelli ke morrano ne le peccata mortali;

beati quelli ke trovarà ne le Tue sanctissime voluntati, 

ka la morte secunda no 'l farrà male.

Laudate et benedicete mi Signore et rengratiate
et serviate li cum grande humilitate.

(Francesco d'Assisi, nato Giovanni di Pietro Bernardone)

Canticle of Brother Sun aka Canticle of The Creatures (St Francis of Assisi: Cantico di Frate Sole)
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: ecology,mystical love,prayer,thanksgiving,brotherhood
COMMENTS OF THE POEM

A mere translational service I owed to such an uncommon and exceptional being as San Francesco, my dear Kurt.

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Kelly Kurt 07 October 2015

A very lovely and well written piece, Oilibheir. Merci

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