Hymns in Our Hearts: Morning Has Broken

This hymn is a fairly modern hymn published as part of a hymnal in 1931. It was written by a lady by the name of Eleanor Farjeon. Miss Farjeon was born in London, England into a family of literary significance who all either wrote or composed. Miss Farjeon herself became a famous author in her day writing poetry, children’s books and hymns. She won several awards in her lifetime for her writing. Miss Farjeon died in London at the age of 84.

This hymn was set to an old Scottish Gaelic tune known as “Bunessan”. It was written to celebrate and give thanks for our rising to each new, fresh morning. It is a beautiful hymn with a lilting melody. It was original written for children as its shortness shows, but it is full of meaning and joy. It is a lovely morning hymn and easy to learn.

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 recreation of the new day

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