Shaker Music

Music of the Spirit

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Early Shaker Spirituals

1966, Rounder Records. Sister R. Mildred Barker with supporting vocals by Sisters Ethel Peacock, Elsie McCool, Della Haskell, Marie Burgess, Frances Carr; additional performers from the Shaker Society, Sabbathday Lake, Maine. Recorded at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, Maine.

Scroll through the gallery of lyrics below to learn the songs…

  • Lyrics - The Rolling Deep
  • Lyrics - I Hunger and Thirst
  • Lyrics - Come Life, Shaker Life
  • Lyrics - On Zion's Holy Ground
  • Lyrics - Little Children
  • Lyrics - Down in the Lowly Vale
  • Lyrics - I'll Spend and Be Spent
  • Lyrics - The Gospel Is Advancing
  • Lyrics - 'Tis the Gift To Be Simple
  • Lyrics - Low, Low in this Pretty Path
  • Lyrics - I Will Walk with My Children
  • Lyrics - Bow Down, O Zion
  • Lyrics - Low Down in the Valley
  • Lyrics - I Love Mother
  • Lyrics - Who Will Bow and Bend Like the Willow
  • Lyrics - I Looked and Lo a Lamb
  • Lyrics - Let Me Have Mother's Gospel
  • Lyrics - With a New Tongue
  • Sister Mildred shows the movements for the song "With a New Tongue"
  • Lyrics - Mother Has Come With Her Beautiful Song
  • Lyrics - I Never Did Believe
  • Lyrics - O Holy Father
  • Lyrics - Yielding and Simple
  • Lyrics - We Must be Meek
  • Lyrics - O Brighter Than the Morning Star (Star of Purity)
  • Lyrics - Farewell Earthly Joy
  • Lyrics - Down to the Deep and Rolling River
  • Lyrics - My Home, My Sweet Home in Zion
  • Lyrics - The Gospel of Mother
  • Lyrics - I Bless the Day
  • Lyrics - This Gospel How Precious
  • Lyrics - I Feel the Need of a Deeper Baptism
  • Lyrics - Gospel Kindred, How I Love You
  • Lyrics - Love Is Little
  • Lyrics - Love, More Love
  • Lyrics - How Lovely Are the Faithful Souls
  • Lyrics - Where is the Gem
  • Lyrics - Blessed, Thrice Blessed
  • Lyrics- O Give Me A Little Love
  • Lyrics- We Will All Go Home With You
  • Early Shaker Spirituals - Shakers
  • Sabbathday Lake Shaker song writers
Shaker Spirituals in Maine: Featuring Sister Mildred, Brother Arnold, Kevin Siegfried, and Radiance
A Homegrown Concert from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
 

Hymnals stacked in the Shakers’ Music Room for use during Sunday Service.