Apr 16, 2008

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 the 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.

"The lyrics [1] were written by Eleanor Farjeon in 1931 and is found in the hymnals of many denominations. The tune to which it is normally sung is called "Bunessan", based upon a Scottish Gaelic traditional melody. Before Farjeon's words, it was used as a Christmas carol which began "Child in the manger, Infant of Mary", translated from the Gaelic lyrics written by Mary MacDonald. [2] The English-language Roman Catholic hymnal also uses the tune for the hymn "This Day God Gives Me." —Wikipedia

"Writing credit for Morning Has Broken has often been erroneously attributed to [Cat] Stevens because of his version of the song which brought it out of obscurity." —Wikipedia


BailiwickDesigns said...

I've always loved that song - a friend played and sang it at our wedding, which was in the morning. I hardly ever hear it anymore, but when I do it brings back some wonderful memories! ::Jill

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

This is one of my favorite songs. I can still remember my grandpa singing it!
Thanks for the memories~

Charlotte said...

I have always loved this song. I haven't thought about it in awhile. Thanks for bringing it back to my memory.