ADS-L Digest - 27 Feb 2009 to 28 Feb 2009 (#2009-60)

Barbara Need bhneed at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 6 16:39:37 UTC 2009

On 2 Mar 2009, at 6:56 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:

> At 3:23 PM -0500 3/2/09, Ann Burlingham wrote:
>> "Morning has broken" by Eleanor Farjeon became a song by Cat Stevens.
> Well yes, but it was a song by others decades before that.  I
> remember hearing an old version on some folk recording or other
> before the Cat Stevens version, and I see from the wiki entry
> that it was actually
> a Christian hymn.  In fact according to this entry Farjeon wrote the
> words to fit a pre-existing "Gaelic tune" which I assume (although
> the description here isn't definitive) is the same tune (but not the
> same arrangement) as in the Stevens recording.

Yes, the hymn is in the Unitarian Hymnal (pre-1961) and may be in
subsequent UU Hymnals. I have sung it often. Same tune.


Barbara Need

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