Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    Morning Has Broken.  

    This traditional folk tune was popularized by Cat Stevens (now Yusf Islam).  The melody that is anonymous. Its origins, which probably date back several centuries are Gaelic.  The lyrics were written in 1931 by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965), English poet, journalist, broadcaster and writer of children’s stories. The text consists of three verses and speaks of the beauties of nature with a deeply spiritual sense. 

        Before Eleanor Farjeon's words, the tune was used as a Christmas carol, which began Child in the manger, Infant of Mary, translated from the Gaelic lyrics written by Mary MacDonald. The English-language Roman Catholic hymnal also uses the tune for the hymn, This Day God Gives Me.  The Unitarians and Lutherans also sing this tune.

Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

Sweet the rains new fall, sunlit from Heaven
Like the first dewfall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day

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