As 14 April, 2017 comes to light after a peaceful Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday in Singapore, I was thinking of the lyrics of a song that could be suitable for the rather sombre and quiet period this Good Friday, a day when Jesus died, was buried and rose again on Easter Sunday.
Sung originally as a Christmas Carol, it was made famous by Cat Stevens in 1972 and came from a hymn, first published at the beginning of the 1930's. The lyrics were by children's writer, Eleanor Farjeon using an original melody of a Scottish tune, written in Gaelic by Mary McDonald.
Neil Diamond: Morning Has Broken: Video by jasonfreakinbang
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
It was translated into English, with a lilt so lovely that the number went to the top of the hit parade in 1972. The piano arrangement was done by rock group member from Yes: Rick Wakeman.The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world's most famous late 15th Century painting.
Judy Collins, Floyd Cramer, Neil Diamond, Art Garfunkel, Nana Mouskouri, Aaron Neville, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, Sister Janet Mead, Roger Whittaker and a host of choirs have recorded covers of this beautiful song.
Looking at it positively, I find the freshness in the lyrics as we praise for the morning:
Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heavenLike the first dew fall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass...
When Good Friday morning is broken, I remember it as such, a Good Friday.
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of a new day.
Have a great Easter everyone.
You Tube Video: Neil Diamond: Morning Has Broken by jasonfreakinbang