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Thread #40671   Message #584647
Posted By: Uncle Jaque
02-Nov-01 - 10:55 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: I Hunger and Thirst (Shaker Hymn)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Hunger and Thirst (Shaker Hymn)
Now that's interesting...

The version we have here ("Bountiful") is equally short and to the point, but goes thusly:

"O let us not hunger nor thirst,
The fruits of the spirit abound;
The riches of immortal Truth
I'm reaping on hallowed ground.:|

My gospel companions, we'll rise,
Rejoice in the light of today;
We see, as never before,
How God doth His mercy display :|

Do you suppose it is another verse of the same song? This is the only one printed in this edition - could be I suppose; it would be reasonable for these tunes to evolve within and between Shaker Communities.

If you would like a scanning of the page with the score, drop me a PM with your E-Dress and I can send it as a *.GIF or *.JPG.

The Sabbathday Shaker Community is located here in Maine not far from our base of operations. They had all but died out - were down to about 4 old women as I recall - but now seem to be having some sort of revival as it were. They also have a dedicated organization of non-Shakers helping to preserve and restore the beautiful old buildings and grounds up there, and conduct tours for visitors. A small gift shop sells herbs, teas, literature and as I recall some music to help support the endeavor.