All Creatures of our God and King was written by Francis of Assisi. the melody is of an unknown origin but was first published in a hymnal in 1623.
Francis was born into the carefree life of a wealthy Italian family in 1182. At an early age he was converted to Jesus Christ. Renouncing his life of ease, he became an itinerant Evangelist who roamed through the countryside, working with the peasants and preaching to them. He gathered about him a large group of followers with whom he toured the Mediterranean lands for 14 years. The message he proclaimed was that love for Christ leads to a life of sacrifice and of brotherly love among men.
He came to love God’s world of nature, probably because he lived a simple life so close to it. His hymn expresses the truth that all creation praises its creator. It may have been based on Psalm 145: 10-11; All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord… they shall speak of the glory of thy Kingdom, and talk of thy power.
It is said that Francis wrote these words during the summer of 1225 when he was very ill and losing his sight.
All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!
O praise Him, O praise Him,
Alleluia! Alleluia!! Alleluia!!!