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Thursday, 18 September 2008
Most High, Omnipotent, good Lord.
Thine be the praise, the glory, the honour, and all benediction.
To thee alone, Most High, they are due, and no man is worthy to mention thee.
Be thou praised, my Lord, with all thy creatures,
above all Brother Sun, who gives the day and lightens us therewith.
And he is beautiful, and he is radiant, with great splendour,
of thee, Most High, he bears similitude.
Be thou praised, my Lord, of Sister Moon, and the Stars,
in the heaven hast thou formed them, clear and precious and comely.
Be thou praised, my Lord, of Brother Wind,
and of the air, of the cloud, and of fair, and all weather,
by the which thou givest to thy creatures sustenance.
Be thou praised, my Lord, of Sister Water,
which is much useful and humble and precious and pure.
Be thou praised, my Lord, of Brother Fire,
by which thou hast lightened the night,
and he is beautiful and joyful and robust and strong.
Be thou praised, my Lord, of our Sister Mother Earth,
which sustains and hath us in rule,
and produces divers fruit with coloured flowers, and herbs.
Be thou praised, my Lord, of those who forgive for thy love's sake,
who endure through sickness and misfortune.
Blessed are they who endure those things in peace,
for by thee, Most High, will they be crowned.
Be praised, my Lord, of our sister Bodily Death,
from whom can no man living escape.
But woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Blessed are those whom she finds doing thy most holy will,
for the second death will not harm them.
Praise ye, and bless my Lord, and give him thanks,
and serve him with great humility.