A Commonplace Life- Harriet Beecher Stowe

In 1811, women’s choices were few,
None could preach out, give voice to her view
Just men could speak out, men could proclaim that,
“Everyone shall be free.”

Harriet Beecher came into this world
In the green Litchfield township, a bright country girl
To this family of preachers her father exclaimed,
“If only she’d been a boy!”

A mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife
These were her roles in a commonplace life
She put down her rolling pin, picked up a pen
And awakened our nation for slavery to end    

In a nation divided, not all did agree   
That humans were chattel in this land of the free 
A great storm was building for slavery to end
To free all humanity

She wrote, with her heart’s blood, ‘gainst wind and tide
While the bread was baking;  a child at her side
Uncle Tom’s Cabin flowed swift from her pen
A woman’s voice changed the world


In this land by the long tidal river, where the ocean meets the sky
Our history runs deep with those who heed and follow freedom’s cry
Sometimes all it takes is a still, small voice to change the course of time
With courage and hope we can make the choice to face the mountain climb    


Words and Music © Thomasina M. Levy
September 11, 2002
A recording of this song is found on Chasing Cloud Shadows