BUNESSAN

Tune Information

Meter: 5.5.8 D
Incipit: 13512 76565 12356
Key: C Major
Source: Gaelic traditional melody

Texts

Morning Has Broken, Like the First Morning

Morning has broken
Like the first morning,
Black bird has spoken
Like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing
Fresh from the Word!

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Baptized in Water

Notes

BUNESSAN is a Gaelic tune that was first published (melody only) in Lachlan Macbean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael (1888) as a setting for Mary Macdonald's carol "Child in the Manger." The tune is named after Macdonald's birthplace on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. BUNESSAN is also well known as the setting for Eleanor Farjeon's "Morning Has Broken" (1931), published in many hymnals and widely popularized by Cat Stevens, who recorded an arrangement of the tune in 1971.

BUNESSAN is intended for unison singing; use a light accompaniment on the organ (or organ trio style) or folk instruments. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized the tune for the Psalter Hymnal in 1985.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #84
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (in 5.5.5.3 meter) (PDF, NWC)
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #142
Text: Always and Ever
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #809
Text: Child in the Manger
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #269
Text: Baptized in Water
  • Full Score (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #78
Text: God of the Ages, History's Maker
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #609
Text: Come to a Wedding
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)

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