554. 'Tis the gift to be simple

'Tis the gift to be simple,
'tis the gift to be free,
'tis the gift to come down
where we ought to be,
and when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained
to bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
to turn, turn, will be our delight
till by turning, turning we come round right.

Text Information
First Line: 'Tis the gift to be simple
Meter: Irr. with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Source: Shaker song, 18th cent.
Tune Information
Arranger: Margaret W. Mealy, b. 1922
Composer: Joseph Brackett, 1797-1882
Meter: Irr. with Refrain
Key: G Major

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