For Christmas

Give good gifts, one to another,
Peace joy and comfort gladly bestow.
Harbor no ill ’gainst sister or brother,
Smooth life’s journey as you onward go.

Broad as the sunshine, free as the showers,
So shed an influence, blessing to prove.
Give for the noblest of efforts your pow’rs,
Blest and be blest, is the law of love.

– Shaker hymn (Mount Lebanon Hymnal, 1893)

You can hear it, sung by the Rose Ensemble, here:

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