Morning has Broken



"Morning Has Broken" is a Christian hymn first published in 1931. It has words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and was inspired by the village of Alfriston in East Sussex, then set to a traditional Scottish Gaelic tune, "Bunessan". It is often sung in children's services and in funeral services.

English pop musician and folk singer Cat Stevens included a version on his album Teaser and the Firecat (1971). The song became identified with Stevens due to the popularity of this recording. It reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number one on the U.S. easy listening chart in 1972.


Once, Cat Stevens saw a book about hymns in a bookstore. This is a hymn for children, compiled by Eleanor Farjeon (1881~1965). His eyes fell accidentally on one of them (and the most popular one): Morning Has Broken, which made him extremely excited when he was in a period of exhaustion of inspiration. He found that the poems and concepts in it were really great. He immediately decided to spread the harmony for it and make it his own song.

Morning Has Broken is a hymn written in Bunessan, an old Gaelic renovated village in 1931, in Scotland. This hymn is a praise to God, thanking God for bringing dawn and allowing the world to be reborn every day.



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 world


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


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 world




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