Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon
Farjeon Close, on the New Mills Estate, is named after Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965), an English author of children’s stories and plays, poetry, biography and satire.

The prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award for children's literature is presented annually in her memory by the Children's Book Circle, a society of publishers.

Her most widely known work is the children’s hymn: "Morning has Broken”* written in 1931 to an old Gaelic tune associated with the Scottish village Bunessan. It was later popularised by the folk singer Cat Stevens.

"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"

Click here for Youtube video of Cat Stevens singing

Her other popular hymn is the Advent carol "People, Look East!" usually sung to an old French melody, and a favourite with children's choirs.

Wordsworth - St Katherine of Ledbury

Wordsworth - Sonnet - St Katherine of Ledbury

WHEN human touch (as monkish books attest) 
Nor was applied nor could be,
Ledbury bells Broke forth in concert flung adown the dells, 
And upward, high as Malvern’s cloudy crest; 
Sweet tones, and caught by a noble Lady blest 
To rapture! Mabel listened at the side 
Of her loved mistress: soon the music died, 

And Catherine said, “Here I set up my rest.” 
Warned in a dream, the Wanderer long had sought 
A home that by such miracle of sound
Must be revealed: --she heard it now, or felt 
The deep, deep joy of a confiding thought; 
And there, a saintly Anchoress, she dwelt 
Till she exchanged for heaven that happy ground.