Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cat Stevens: Morning Has Broken (1972)


Cat Stevens sings “Morning Has Broken,” a traditional Christian hymn, with words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and set to a traditional Gaelic tune, “Bunessan,” with additional music by Rick Wakeman (who plays piano). It is found on the album, Teaser and the Firecat (1971).

Teaser and the Firecat (1971)
Courtesy: Wikipedia Commons

Morning has Broken
Eleanor Farjeon & Rick Wakeman

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 dew-fall,
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 the springing
fresh from the word