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Canticle of the Sun

Canticle of the Sun

This famous verse by St. Francis of Assisi is printed on Fabriano Tiepolo paper by an Epson 2200 printer. The type is set in Neue Hammer Uncial. The digital images are taken from original gouache paintings made for a casebound book, printed letterpress, which will be available later this summer.

Broadside, 11 x 17 inches
Canticle of the Sun

Most High, all-powerful sweet Lord,
yours is the praise, the glory,and the honor & every blessing.

Be Praised, My Lord
for all your creatures, and first for brother sun, who makes the day bright and luminous. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor, he is the image of you, Most High.

Be Praised, My Lord,
for sister moon and the stars, in the sky. You have made them brilliant & precious & beautiful.

Be praised, My Lord,
for brother wind and for the air both cloudy and serene and every kind of weather, through which you give
nourishment to your creatures.

Be Praised, My Lord,
for sister water,who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Be Praised, My Lord,
for brother fire, through whom you illuminate the night. And he is beautiful and joyous and robust and strong.

Be Praised, My Lord,
for our sister, mother earth, who nourishes us and watches over us and brings forth various fruits with colored flowers & herbs.

Be Praised, My Lord,
for those who forgive through your love,and bear sickness & tribulation; blessed are those who endure in peace, for they will be crowned by you, Most High.

Be Praised, My Lord,
for our sister, bodily death, from whom no living thing can escape.

Blessed are those whom she finds
doing your most holy will, for the second death cannot harm them.

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