Morning has broken…


I got out of house early this Saturday morning on my way to the farmers’ market near Kilauea. The sun was bright and the air a cold, brisk 65F. The grass was covered with the night’s mist. The mountains were crisply outlined against the blue sky.  I plugged my phone into the car’s sound system and by chance out came “Morning has broken” by Cat Stevens… Wow! It felt as close as a religious (*) experience as I could remember, and I played the song again and again this morning…

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 world

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 re-creation of the new day

(*) It turns out that Cat Stevens did not write the song. It is a popular and well-known Christian hymn first published in 1931. It has words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and is set to a traditional Scottish Gaelic tune known as “Bunessan”  (Wikipedia). The video below features pianist Rick Wakeman who composed the piano intro.


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