September 1, 2012

Morning Has Broken

Like the First Morning.

Morning Has Broken was written in 1931 by English author and poet, Eleanor Farjeon. It was first published in "Songs of Praise", a songbook for schools. It's editor suggested Farjeon compose a poem to fit the old gaelic tune, Bunessan that could be used by children "to give thanks for each day". The song became an international hit when it was recorded by Cat Stevens in 1971. The distinct piano arrangement and performance on the original recording was by Rick Wakeman of Yes. In the second video, Wakeman talks about the importance of his Christian faith and shares memories of the recording session with Stevens. In the Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Has Broken is used during Ordinary Time for Morning Prayer.

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