Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tis the gift...

The Violinist painting by Jasmin Aldin

The name Michael Province is well worth making note of. Playing violin since the age of six, this 14-year-old Palm City, Florida resident recently won rave reviews for his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show featuring The World’s Smartest and Most Talented Kids. To see him perform go to: 4 Questions 4... Michael Province @ Lynn University

'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,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend, we will not be ashamed
To turn, turn, will be our delight,
'Til by turning, turning, we come round right.'

Simple Gifts was written by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr. in 1848. It was first published in The Gift to be Simple: Shaker Rituals and Songs.

What is your valley of love and delight?

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