Simple gifts

This is simply beautiful..

Simple gifts

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,

‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,

To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,

Till by turning, turning we come round right.

About Michaela

I am a wanderer and a wonderer, like you are. I love our journey and to walk in the company of friends – to learn, experience, share, laugh, cry and above all I simply love this marvelous, magical, mysterious life. I have no plan (cannot believe I am saying this) and my only intention is to be truthful to myself and others.
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2 Responses to Simple gifts

  1. fatima says:

    Marille how do you do this! It is both delightful and amazing. Beautiful words, music, pictures!

    I’m taking this all personally. Well, why not.

    The last time I heard this beautiful song it was being sung by a very old lady, one of the few surviving Shakers. I was watching a fascinating documentary by Ken Burns (Canadian I think) called The Shakers. The Shakers were spiritual renewal in the US during the 19th century, centered in New England and led by an inspired woman. The were a very profound and simple, like the Quakers, and in the Christian tradition, a celibate community which spread renewed spiritual vitality all over most of the settled USA – a number of communities. As a ‘religion’ they have died out becuase they were not about the “church of” anything but about living it. That was the impression that I got from watching. I believe they left a intangible spiritual legacy where ever they were but also, at the time, contributed many high quality innovations and inventions related mostly to farming but it was the beginning of full fledged industrial revolution. Today they are commonly remembered for their high
    quality simple furniture and life style and barns. It is also interesting that they had, unusual at the time I think (maybe unique), a communal ceremony of praise which as I recall, very much resembled the remembrance ceremonies of the Sufi’s. They strove to perfect ‘chopping wood and carrying water’ in their daily lives and their products are a testimony to this. and their inner joy.

    Thank you.

  2. Michaela says:

    How do I do this ? Happened to hear Copland’s version of it on the radio yesterday and then found the clip. There are no coincidences…

    I do possess a Shaker chair actually…

    Thank you for “framing” it so beautifully. Simple gifts… 🙂

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