Surprised by Hope: A Musical Interlude

Stumbled across this on UTube while looking for a commentary on Isa 65:17 —

As Sung by Cat Stevens

lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon

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

Not a bad commentary at all, actually.

About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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5 Responses to Surprised by Hope: A Musical Interlude

  1. Wendy says:

    We sang that at our wedding! (Yes, it was in the seventies…)

  2. Jay Guin says:

    I played in on my eight-track player! I had no idea he was talking about God's re-creation of the world.

  3. jdb says:

    I also listened to Cat Stephens. I guess that makes me OLD. 🙂 Cat Stephens converted to Islam and now has a new name, but I don't recall what it is.

  4. wjcsydney says:

    Yusuf Islam?

  5. Jay Guin says:

    The lyrics were written by a Christian poet for a children's book. The melody is from an old Scottish hymn. The piano is by the pre-Yes Rick Wakeman.

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