Hymns about St Francis of Assisi

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the life and teachings of  St Francis of Assisi, whose feast falls on 4 October.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), meaning that the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly appropriate.


Nature, creation, ecology, animals, peace, poverty, justice, simplicity.

Free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Blessed Francis Holy Father

Blest are the Pure in Heart

Canticle of the Creatures

Come you Sinners Poor and Needy

For the Beauty of the Earth

From all that Dwell Below the Skies

From the Streets of Lone Assisi

Let Alverna's Holy Mountain - Caswall

Lord Make me an Instrument of Peace

Most High Omnipotent Good Lord

Peace Like a River

Simple Gifts

 Hymns which may still be copyright

Hymn to St Francis (Praise to Most High for sun so warm) - Witham

In Perfect Charity - DeBruyn 

Love All Love - Witham   (tune O WALY WALY - ref)

Servants of your Peace - Quinn

The Praises of God - Hutmacher (ref)

With Radiant Glory Francis Shines - from the Office, author unknown

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