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How my soul is now delighted
With the food of Zions hill
To the feast we are invited
Faithful souls may have their fill

Cleans'd from every vile pollution
See the virgin happy throng
Singing praise with heavenly motion
None but such can learn the song.

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Source: Patterson, D W, 1979, The Shaker Spiritual, Princeton University Press, New Jersey

MS L-207, p220

Patterson wrote:

An appropriate gloss upon this anonymous Lebanon song of the late 1830s is Daniel Sizer's comment upon his delight in his new Shaker home:

"The fruits that I discovered among these people were answerable to the ideas which I had formed of Christianity while quite young. Here I found a Society of people about six hundred in number living in a village having all things common, of one heart and soul, neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possesed was his own, loving each other, living togather like brothers and sisters, none striving to be the greatest of the richest knowing that they who humbled themselves as a little child the same should be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, all fareing alike and dressing alike loving each other and living togather as children of one family."

(Spelling of 'togather' is given here as printed.)


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