Les Franciscains du Canada

Four Songs by Donovan

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

ITALY, 1972. Film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker and Valentina Cortese.

Here are the four songs by Donovan from this remarkable film.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Brother sun, and sister moon

I seldom see you,

seldom hear your tune.

Preoccupied, with selfish misery.

Brother wind, and sister air,

open my eyes, to visions pure and fair.

That I may see, the glory around me

I am God’s creature, of him, I am part.

I feel his love, awakening my heart.

Brother sun, and sister moon,

I now do see you, I can hear your tune!

so much in love, with all that I survey

Shape in the Sky

Father of all things, Mother of light,

Soothe and ease our human plight.

Mary in mercy sees Jesus in joy,

Please, will you help us win the fight.

There’s a shape in the sky beckoning me,

There’s a sound in the wild wind calling,

There’s a song to be sung for glory.

And I feel that it’s coming our way.

There’s a pain on the land weakening me,

There’s a sigh in the city of sorrow,

There’s a shadow of darkness accumulating,

And I feel that it’s coming our way.

There’s a love for all men sleeping within,

There’s a friend of a friend awakening,

There’s a jubilant joy bursting to be,

And I feel that it’s coming our way.

Father of all things, Mother of light,

Soothe and ease our human plight.

Mary in mercy sees Jesus in joy,

Please, will you help us win this flight.

An Instrument of Your Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, let me sow pardon.

Where there is doubt, let me sow faith.

It is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

It is in dying that we are born,

That we are born to eternal life.

San Damiano Song

If you want your dream to be,

Build it slow and surely.

Small beginnings, greater ends.

Heartfelt work grows purely.

If you want to live life free,

Take your time, go slowly.

Do few things, but do them well.

Simple joys are holy.

Day by day, stone by stone,

Build your secret slowly.

Day by day, you’ll grow, too.

You’ll know heaven’s glory.