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 A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 367 

119
HOW HE PRAISED THE SUN AND FIRE OVER OTHER CREATURES

More than all creatures lacking reason, he most affectionately loved the sun and fire. For he used to say: "At dawn, when the sun rises, everyone should praise God, who created it for our use, because through it our eyes are lighted by day. And in the evening, when it becomes night, everyone should praise God for another creature, Brother Fire through whom the eyes are lighted at night. For we are all almost blind, and the Lord lights up our eyes through these two brothers of ours. And, therefore, we should always give special praise to the glorious Creator for these and for His other creatures which we use every day."

He always did this until the day of his death. Indeed, when his illness grew more serious, he himself began to sing the Praises of the Lord that he had composed about creatures, and afterwards had his companions sing it, so that in reflecting on the praise of the Lord, he could forget the sharpness of his pains and illnesses.

And because he considered and said that the sun is more beautiful than other creatures, and could more easily be compared to God, especially since, in Scripture, the Lord Himself is called the sun of justice; he therefore called those Praises he composed for creatures when the Lord had assured him of His kingdom the "Canticle of Brother Sun."

120
THIS IS THE PRAISE OF CREATURES HE COMPOSED WHEN THE LORD ASSURED HIM OF HIS KINGDOM

Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,
yours are the praises, the glory, and the honor, and all blessing.
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no human is worthy to mention Your name.
Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures, Tb 8:7
especially Sir Brother Sun,
who is the day and through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; and bears a likeness of You, Most High One.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, Ps 148:3
in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 367

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