"Morning has broken"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 15 23:16:44 UTC 2009

Sigh! does anyone else recall when the phrase was "copyright by"? Oh,
well. Hypercorrection lives.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 3:11 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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> Poster: Â  Â  Â  Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> Subject: Â  Â  Â Re: "Morning has broken"
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> At 10:18 AM -0600 3/7/09, Barbara Need wrote:
>>On 6 Mar 2009, at 10:50 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>>At 10:39 AM -0600 3/6/09, Barbara Need wrote:
>>>>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
>>>>>Well yes, but it was a song by others decades before that. Â I
>>>>>remember hearing an old version on some folk recording or other
>>>>>before the Cat Stevens version, and I see from the wiki entry
>>>>>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Has_Broken that it was actually
>>>>>a Christian hymn. Â 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.
>>>Ah, exactly. Â _Singing the Living Tradition_. Â Yes, it's still in
>>>there, from when Cat was a kitty.
>>Actually, _Hymns for the Celebration of Life_. (Thus the title _Hymns
>>for the Cerebration of Strife_ by Chris Raible--including such gems as
>>"Coffee, Coffee, Coffee" and "All Creatures Strange Come to Our
>>Church".) The real one was bound in maroon and usually called "the red
>>hymnal"--at least in the churches I have attended.
> Well, I just checked today. Â It's in _Singing the Living Tradition_,
> the current (black) U-U hymnal (1993 edition). Â "Morning Has Broken"
> is #38; the words are credited to Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) and the
> music to a "Gaelic melody" copyrighted by OUP in 1931. Â Cat Stevens
> is not mentioned.
> LH
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