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Farjeon and Bunessan

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18 January 2013

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From Mr J. P. Hudson

Sir, - Eleanor Farjeon wrote her poem "Morning has broken" (Faith, 11 January) to the tune of that splendid Christmas hymn "Leanabh an Aigh", translated by Lachlan MacBean as "Child in the Manger", and published by him, with its traditional hexatonic tune, in The Songs and Hymns of the Scottish Highlands, in 1888.

"Leanabh an Aigh" was composed by Mairi, bean Neill Domhnallaich, Mrs Mary MacDonald, who lived with her husband, Neil, at Ard Tunna, a hamlet of Bun Easain, The Foot of the Little Waterfall, anglicised as Bunessan.

JOHN PETER HUDSON
Foot Lodge, School Lane,
Middleton Stoney OX25 4AW

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