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Eleanor Farjeon: Morning Has Broken

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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 dewfall
On the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
Of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness
Where Your feet pass.
Mine is the sunlight!
Mine is the morning
Born of the one light
Eden saw play!
Praise with elation,
Praise every morning,
Your re-creation
Of the new day!

Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965), though best known for penning the hymn Morning Has Broken, wrote multiple volumes of poetry, satire, fiction, and drama for younger readers. She spent much of her life among the prestigious literary and theatrical circles of London. Her two novels about the character Martin Pippin are among her most famous.