Our Ignatian song this week is “Morning Has Broken,” a lovely song of thanks for creation:
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.
It sings of gratitude, the spirit of the Ignatian outlook on the world.
The editor of an Anglican hymnal commissioned it because he wanted a song that gave thanks for each day. The lyrics were written in the early 1930s by a poet named Eleanor Farjeon and paired with a traditional Gaelic tune.
Cat Stevens made the song famous with a recording in the early 1970s. Its sweetness, simplicity, and universality have made it classic. Here is Stevens performing it in 1976.