Sunday, April 16, 2017

Morning has Broken

Maine Coast Sunrise
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 world 
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 
-  Morning has Broken, Words by Eleanor Farjeon, 1931, set to the traditional Scottish Gaelic tune "Bunessan."
Sung Easter mornings at the Trinitarian Congregational Church Sunrise Service, Old North Bridge, Concord Massachusetts, 1970s, led by beloved minister Tuck Gilbert (Chandler "Tuck" Gilbert, Yale Divinity School, Class of 1951) and accompanied by a pedal-powered organ.


  1. The older I get the more morning are the best time of the day.
    When I was young, summer nights were for catting around, arriving back home right at daybreak to begin chores...

  2. Reverend Gilbert was one of the finer men I have ever known. Having been born and raised in Concord, I was best friends with his son Mark, who sadly passed in the early 1980s. Gentlemen and scholars, both the elder and younger, my life is the better for being enriched by them.

    This blog continues to remind and inspire me from my past.

    A displaced Concordian