Air and Simple Gifts

You will recognize the old Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" in John Williams "Air and Simple Gifts.  The words are to me profound and the tune never fails to prick my heart.  To juxtapose the essence of simplicity with the grandeur of the inauguration of our President makes it even more poignant.  Here from are the words:

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where you 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 The Master Guns

Evangelical Christian from my youth and Hoosier from my birth in Greencastle Indiana. Trained on the family farm. Retired USMC (1967-1990) South Viet Nam (Jan-Oct 1969) veteran Retired from Intel (1993-2015). Husband of one wife for more than 50 years. Father to two wonderful women who have given me five marvelous grandchildren. Still pump'n at 71.
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One Response to Air and Simple Gifts

  1. Chris says:

    This was prerecorded out of necessity which means I should be able to get my hands on that recording. Anyone know here I might do that?

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