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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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Morning has broken Like the first morning; Blackbird has spoken Like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them, 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 re-creation Of the new day!
Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)
This hymn has virtually created the modern idea of what a children’s hymn should be. It was written for the 1931 Songs of Praise by the well known children’s author Eleanor Farjeon at the request of Percy Dearmer ‘on the theme of thanksgiving for each day as it comes’. It is triumphantly successful in this, being beautifully written in the difficult metre. It has had its critics in that it portrays Eden before sin came in, which is not the world we live in, where because of sin we need a saviour. But however we take the story in Genesis, this is a picture of what God wanted and wants the world to be, and it is no bad thing to inspire children to see that there are signs of that all around us, even if the other side of human experience will have to be faced. While no hymn should contain falsehoods, no one hymn needs to set out the whole of Christian doctrine.
The tune for which the words were written is an old Gaelic melody from Lachlan MacBean’s Songs and Hymns of the Gael (1888), which had earlier been used for a Gaelic Christmas Hymn ‘Child in the Manger’ by Mary MacDonald. She was born in the village of Bunessan on the Isle of Mull and the thousands of visitors to Iona pass a memorial to her.