Morning Has Broken

This is an online fiddle lesson for the hymn "Morning Has Broken" by Eleanor Farjeon.  This song is for my friend Tom Howell. is your best source for Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

Genre: Gospel
Skill Level: Beginner
Keys of C and D

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Morning Has Broken."

Morning Has Broken - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Morning Has Broken - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"Morning Has Broken" 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" (it shares this tune with the 19th century Christmas Carol "Child in the Manger"). It is often sung in children's services. English pop musician and folk singer Cat Stevens (known as Yusuf Islam since 1978) included a version on his 1971 album Teaser and the Firecat. The song became identified with Stevens when it reached number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the US easy listening chart in 1972.

The hymn originally appeared in the second edition of Songs of Praise (published in 1931), to the tune "Bunessan", composed in the Scottish Highlands. In Songs of Praise Discussed, the editor, Percy Dearmer, explains that as there was need for a hymn to give thanks for each day, English poet and children's author Eleanor Farjeon had been "asked to make a poem to fit the lovely Scottish tune."  A slight variation on the original hymn, also written by Eleanor Farjeon, can be found in the form of a poem contributed to the anthology Children's Bells, under Farjeon's new title, "A Morning Song (For the First Day of Spring)," published by Oxford University Press in 1957. The song is noted in 9/4 time but with a 3/4 feel.

"Bunessan" was found in L. McBean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael, published in 1900.   Before Farjeon's words, the tune was used as a Christmas carol, which began "Child in the manger, Infant of Mary", translated from the Scottish Gaelic lyrics written by Mary MacDonald. The English-language Roman Catholic hymnal also uses the tune for the Charles Stanford hymns "Christ Be Beside Me" and "This Day God Gives Me", both of which were adapted from the traditional Irish hymn St. Patrick's Breastplate. Another Christian hymn "Baptized In Water" borrows the tune. (wikipedia)

Morning Has Broken

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

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    The back track link is broken.

    John (BGD)

    Hi Webternals, that sounds like a good start to some alternate lyrics. 🙂

    Sorry about the inconvenience. It should be fixed now!

    Great Scott

    John, I have always loved this song ever since I heard Cat Stevens sing it. I know it is older than that but he made it popular to the masses of radio geeks.

    One day you might even get to hear me sing it! 🙂

    John (BGD)

    Hoho, Great Scott — are you pulling my chain? Would you really sing this?

    Great Scott

    Sure would, daddy!  As soon as I get all my recording gear set up — but maybe just for your ears only… for starters.   🙂

    John (BGD)

    Oh man! OK I’m pretty excited about that. Probably more than I should be 🙂

    I am a pretty big fan of the music of Steven Demetre Georgiou (formerly Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam). I heard Sheryl Crow singing “The First Cut is the Deepest” on the radio tonight and thought about him. What an interesting character.

    Great Scott

    Wh…o…a, bud!!!  Don’t go getting your hopes up too high!   🙂  I ain’t that good!!  I am barely even passable!… but I do love the song.  And who says you have to be able to sing in order to sing a song?

    I have often described him as a “complex character”, and one of those rare and original singer songwriters.


    Pamela Anderson

    One of my favorite songs ever!  You do a great job singing it too.  Thanks John


    This really reminds me of something funny that happened one time, back several years ago…but…I wont do it!?  I should say, though, we used to sing that one in our old church, long, long time ago.  It’s a nice song…I haven’t played it for years…gotta get to that one one of these days.


    Heard this song on the radio recently and recalled it being in Dr. John’s lessons so am now practicing it and will hopefully play it in church sometime soon.   Gracias, Dr. John

    Steve Srader

    Ha now I need to hack BGD so I can break into Great Scott private songs to DR: John ! Wahaaaaaa ha, ha, ha!

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