Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Praise with Elation

Today is February 13...

On this day in 1881, Eleanor Farjeon was born.

You may not recall her name, but you probably have memorized one of her poems. Truly. It is the particular poem that begins, "Morning Has Broken..."

Born in London, Farjeon was was an English author of children's stories and plays, poetry, biography, history and satire. She lived much of her life among the sophisticated literary and theatrical circles of London; and yet, much of Eleanor's inspiration came from her childhood and from family holidays.

Her best remembered work is the hymn which always ranks among Wekiva Presbyterian's "top ten". It was written in 1931 and set to an old Gaelic tune named BUNESSAN for the Scottish village with which it is associated.

Eleanor also wrote the familiar Advent carol "People, Look East!".

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