14th March ~ A Sacred Song for Christians and Pagans

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(photo (c)soulMerlin/henry metcalfe) I took it one very early morning around two weeks ago – the dew is real and not faked by a sprinkler 🙂  

One of my favourite hymns has always been “Morning Has Broken” by Eleanor Farjeon. It was my favourite hymn as a child and continues to be so. I included it in my mother’s funeral service, together with “Jerusalem” and I never fail to be ‘lifted’ by the lyrics, which I feel can be enjoyed by both Christians and Muslims and also by those who follow the ‘Wild Soul’ of the ancient Pagan ways. I really cannot think of a Faith which would not respond to the natural reverence of Eleanor’s lyrics

The first line “Morning has broken like the first morning” never fails to move me and lines such as “praise for the secrets of the wet garden”, “like the first dewfall” and especially “God’s recreation of the new day”, show a spirituality which I think can be shared by all people, irrespective of their faith or belief.

It is significant to me that the song/hymn was recorded by the singer Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) who turned his back on fame to become a headmaster and a devout Muslim. Yusuf came to see our West-End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat a few years ago and sat smiling in the front row – a simple and unpublicised visit which showed a unity of faith and belief that is much needed at present.

(here’s a short version with illustrations of Spring)

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7ESHjYat9rk

(and now the full version with Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam)

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=1TWd3skb-Rw

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 dewfall, 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

lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon

 

Eleanor Farjeon shows a natural spirituality and a love of nature in her work. A prolific writer, she has in my opinion, not only crossed over, but has taken up the tramlines that separate creed and culture. I looked her up in Wikipedia discovered that one of her first books was ‘Pan-Worship and Other Poems (1908)’

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Farjeon

I think that many of us have cause to thank her for the lyrics of such a beautiful song

~

 

 

the term “Wild Soul” is taken from “Living Druidry” by Emma Restall Orr, Head of the international Druid Network

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Druid-Priestess-Emma-Restall-Orr/dp/0007107692

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~ by soulmerlin on March 14, 2008.

2 Responses to “14th March ~ A Sacred Song for Christians and Pagans”

  1. I have loved this song from my Catholic youth into my Pagan adulthood … recently it showed up on the TV show Pushing Daisies, sung by the phenomenal Ellen Greene and has once again become a favorite spiritual song

  2. Quite a beautiful song. Thanks so much for sharing. Peace, Light and Love, CordieB

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