'Tis the gift to be simple

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Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free
'Tis a gift to come down where I ought to be
And when I am in the place just right
I will be in the valley of love and delight
When true simplicity is gained
To bow and to bend I will not be ashamed
To turn, to turn will be my delight
'Til by turning, turning, I come 'round right.

Source: Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #114

Author: Joseph Brackett

Joseph Brackett Jr. (May 6, 1797 – July 4, 1882) was an American songwriter, author, and elder of The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, better known as the Shakers. Brackett's most famous song, "Simple Gifts", is still widely performed and adapted. See also in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >



Instances (1 - 11 of 11)

Chalice Hymnal #568

Gather (3rd ed.) #748

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Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #657

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Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #554


Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #391

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #613

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Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #114

Sing and Rejoice!: new hymns for congregations #128


Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #151

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Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #353


Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #271

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