‘Tis the gift to be free


‘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 gained
to bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
to turn, turn, will be our delight
till by turning, turning we come round right.
~ Shaker song, eighteenth century



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11 Responses to ‘Tis the gift to be free

  1. Did you know, Bee, that I was once (2002 – 2005) the resident farmer at the Canterbury, NH Shaker Village? A grand time that was. Spectacular place with a remarkable history. Left to be a stay-at-home dad. Which was (is) a grand time, too.


    • BeeHappee says:

      Very nice! All grand things.

    • BeeHappee says:

      Wow, I read through their website, will definitely put this on my list of places to see one day. šŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!
      We go to historical farms here all the time (yesterday was our latest visit) and had always envied people who work there (although most volunteer). Talked to one farmer recently who works there, saying: man, you have the best job, get to farm (and dress up in old cool clothing) and get a guaranteed paycheck whether rain or shine, whether potatoes rot or not. He says: no way, I would rather take the risk of loosing the harvest and the money and be my own boss than listen to my boss here telling I need to do paperwork inside while I think gardens need some tending.

  2. bobraxton says:

    turn, turn, turn – and a time for every purpose under heaven

  3. nicoleaugust says:

    The children’s singer Raffi does a great version of this song :).

  4. I can’t help thinking of Aaron Copland’s gem Appalachian Spring. Amazing how he used the tune of this “Simple Gifts” to spin out a myriad of ingenious variations. Thank you for reminding me of that. –Paul

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