Talk:Morning Has Broken
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(1) ...fresh from the "word" or "world" ? At the end of the first verse "Praise for the springing fresh from the word" sounds like an allusion to "In the beginning was the word" (John 1:1), in turn alluding back to the creation story in Genesis.
On the other hand, I have seen about 1 in 3 versions of the lyrics on the web read: "Praise for the springing fresh from the world" so I am not sure which is the original version. I think Cat Steven's sang "word" .
- In the Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal Church in the USA) it reads "fresh from the word". I would guess this to be the original.Rockhopper10r 17:27, 21 July 2005 (UTC)
- I have always understood it to be "word", and I don't think I've seen the lyrics reported any other way. Kestenbaum 19:54, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
- Correct, it's "word" that he sings, in the printed lyrics on the album sleeve. Vera, Chuck & Dave 16:14, 29 June 2006 (UTC)
(2) In the second verse:
"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."
I wanted to ask about the phrase "Sprung in completeness where his feet pass".
First, I thought it meant the blackbird. Then I thought she meant God, (or Jesus?), in the Garden of Eden, an allusion to Genesis Chapter 3 v 8 (And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day).
I have read elsewhere on the web a claim that according to the author, Eleanor Farjeon it does actually refer to the blackbird, not to the Almighty.
Is there a Christian tradition about God walking in the garden of Eden and the grass springing up under his feet?
Any one able to shed any light?
- I'm not sure about the grass part, but I think I remember something like it with Aslan in one of the Narnia books. Rockhopper10r 17:43, 21 July 2005 (UTC)
God walked in Eden in the cool of the evening to talk to Adam; I guess it is a nice image of Jesus - because birds have claws, not feet! Eleanor was writing this poem to fit the music. ix (talk) 15:20, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
(3) In the third verse "Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning Born of the one light, Eden saw play"
This sounds to me like a reference to the (Jewish Midrashic) idea that the light of creation in Genesis Ch 1 was a special kind of light of which our modern light is but a diminutive offspring.
- Works for meRockhopper10r 17:27, 21 July 2005 (UTC)
This day god gives me?
Is there a reference for the statement that 'The English-language Roman Catholic hymnal also uses the tune for the hymn "This Day God Gives Me".'? I found a recording of a song called "This day god gives me" by David Haas. There are some similarities in rythm, melody and harmonics, but the tune is not "Morning has broken". --gnirre (talk) 04:40, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
Although some sources report that the song was released on Floyd Cramer's 1961 album Last Date
Who reported this? No-one has a vinyl copy?
It IS on allmusic that way.
I always thought it was on Genesis' first album! :-) From_Genesis_to_Revelation
The Seminary Joke
I know it is common in many Catholic Seminaries to (as the hymn is included in the American 1975 Liturgy of the Hours) to sing the first line "Morning is broken, somebody fix it!" Should mention be made of it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gideon.judges7 (talk • contribs) 19:57, 8 September 2013 (UTC)