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Simple Gifts

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Claire Neufeld

on 25 January 2015

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Transcript of Simple Gifts

Who are the Quakers?
- Also known as the "United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing".

- Believe in living simple lives to honour God.


Composer
- Joseph Brackett Jr. (1797-1882)

- Wrote it in Maine, USA

- Celebrates simplicity and humility.

- Simple Gifts is a Quaker dancing song.

Persecuted in England
- Did not want to remove their hat to show respect.

- Did not want to tithe the church.

- Did not want to swear an oath.

- Moved to America to escape persecution.
What is the song about?
-The Quakers like to worship God through dance.

- Wealth does not matter.

- If people are simple and humble they will not be ashamed.
Aaron Copeland
Appalachian Spring

Simple Gifts
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