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Morning Has Broken

I went to church this morning. Paging through the hymnal, I was surprised to see “Morning Has Broken”, a song I always associated with Cat Stevens, who has since changed his name to Yusuf Islam. The song has always been one of my favorites, but I didn’t know that it was a religious hymn. It was written by Elizabeth Farjeon in 1931 as a child’s poem and is properly known as “A Morning Song (For the First Day of Spring)”. It was set to the tune of “Bunessan”, a traditional Gaelic tune that was collected by Alexander Fraser in the 19th century. The piano arrangement is by Rick Wakeman, of the band Yes.

Slideshow by Michael P. Flaherty

A Morning Song (For the First Day of Spring)

by Elizabeth Farjeon

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 rain’s 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

5 Comments on “Morning Has Broken”

  1. #1 june
    on Dec 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I did know that…now that you rattled my memory 🙂

  2. #2 Beth
    on Dec 28th, 2009 at 7:13 am

    I’ve always liked this hymn, and thought Cat Stevens’ version was lovely. Thanks for sharing the interesting background.

  3. #3 Ginger
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    We used to sing that all the time in church as I grew up.

  4. #4 Debi Kelly Van Cleave
    on Jan 5th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Now that’s pretty. And peaceful. Brought back memories. I didn’t realize the piano was by Yes. Huh.

  5. #5 colleen
    on Jan 12th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    A beautiful song that I too thought Cat Stevens wrote. My favorite by him is the soulful “Trouble.”

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