This well-known Cat Stevens arrangement of Eleanor Farjeon' lyrics, "Morning has broken", was and still is extremely popular here in Germany. I have vivid recollections of being in a pub called "Forum" in Vegesack in 1982 when a certain Jürgen Baudin, a drinker of enormous prowess, kept on playing it on the juke box for literally hours on end.
Cat Stevens, a devout man and converted Muslim, is also well known in the Muslim world. This was brought home to me strongly whilst on a short lecturing contract in Dubai in 1993/4 when I sung it to my class of Bahraini airforce personnel. It was so popular that I used it, pace Cat
, as a dedication on the course certificates.
It is indeed a beautiful song which I very much enjoy singing. The melody goes well with both concertina and penny-whistle.
Since writing the above in 1999, I have now (2013) learned that Cat Stevens made use of a hymn which originally appeared in the second edition of Songs of Praise With Music
(1931), to the tune Bunessan
. This Gaelic tune can be found in L. McBean's The Songs and Hymns of the Gael (1900)
Much more interesting information can be found at wikipedia