Morning Has Broken…

 

I came across this gorgeous picture this morning. It reminded me of how, as a child I deeply connected with the song “Morning has Broken”. Most of us know the version by the British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, who now calls himself Yusuf Islam and is now also an educator, philanthropist, and prominent convert to Islam.

Most people don’t realize that the song “Morning Has Broken” is a popular and well-known Christian hymn which was first published in 1931. It was the English author Eleanor Farjeon who set the beautiful words to a traditional Gaelic tune known as “Bunessan” (it shares this tune with the 19th century Christmas Carol “Child in the Manger”). Here are the lyrics to the song:

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 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

Since I was raised Methodist and attended a Quaker nursery, I can’t remember which version I heard first – the one which is often sung in children’s services or the interpretation by the folk singer Stevens whose first recording of the song was included on his 1971 album Teaser and the Firecat. It reached number six on the US pop chart and number one on the US easy listening chart in 1972 which is why the song became identified with Stevens.

I just remember lying on my bed in London, early in the morning with the song going around in my head and wishing that one day I would be able to write a song that would touch someone in a similar way that song always touched me. We’ll see. My album The World I Am Livings In is so close to being finished and all of the songs are very personal. I just hope you will be moved by one or the other tune…

© Sharon Johnstone, Macro Dew Drops

 

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