The Hymn of the Sun by St. Francis of Assisi
MOST HIGH, All Powerful, God of Goodness;
To Thee bepraise and glory, Honour and all thankfulness
To Thee alone, MOst High, are these things due,
And no man is worthy to speak of Thee.
Be thou praised, O Lord, for all Thy creation,
More especially for our Brother the Sun,
Who bringeth forth the day and givest light thereby,
For he is glorious and splendid in his radiance,
And to Thee, Most High, he bears similitude.
Be thou praised, O Lord, for our Sister the Moon, and for the Stars:
In the heavens,
Thou hast set them bright and sparkling and beautiful.
Be thou praised, O Lord, for our Brother the Wind,
For the air and for the clouds, For serene and for tempestuous days,
For through these dost Thou sustain all living things.
Be thou praised, O Lord, for our Sister the Water,
For she giveth boundless service, and is lowly, precious and pure.
Be thou praised, O Lord, for our Brother the Fire,
Through whom Thou givest light in the night hours,
For he is beautiful and joyous, vigorous and strong.
Be thou praised, O Lord, for our Sister Mother Earth,
Who doth nourish us and ruleth over us,
And bringeth forth divers fruit, and bright flowers and herbs.
Be thou praised, O Lord, for those who show forgiveness through Thy love,
And that do endure sickness and sorrow,
Blessed are they that do suffer in lowliness of spirit,
For by Thee, Most High, shall they be exalted.
Be thou praised, O Lord, for our Sister Bodily Death,
From whom no man living may escape.
Blessed are they who shall be found doing Thy most Holy Will,
For the second dying shall work them no evil.
Be Thou praised and blessed, O Lord, in endless thanksgiving, and served in all humility.
Breath as a bridge,
reaching to re-connect
a divided self.
Bridges as stitches
across the gaping wound
that pulls apart.
a sense of longing
is arbitrarily created.
like a blade across stone,
pierces the divisions,
until unity reigns again.
With pure awareness
space expands in all directions.
Until unity knows
with love and in peace.