Susan Albert's Photo Albums

A Collection of Companion Photos
for Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place
Simple Gifts: The Shaker Hymn

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'Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free,
'Tis a 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 out right.

Music: arranged and performed by Susan Doyle.
Lyrics: Simple Gifts (public domain)

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See a map of Meadow Knoll, Susan's home in the Texas Hill Country, and a map of Lebh Shomea, Susan's retreat in South Texas. The maps in the book are drawn by noted mapmaker Molly O'Halloran.


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