'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 >



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Chalice Hymnal #568

Gather (3rd ed.) #748

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Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #657

Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.) #583

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Hymnal 1982 #554


Hymns for a Pilgrim People #391

Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #772

Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #735

One in Faith #706

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #613

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RitualSong (2nd ed.) #856

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RitualSong #792

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Secular Hymnal #114

Sing and Rejoice! #128


Singing Our Faith #151

Singing the Living Tradition #16

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Voices United #353


Worship in Song #271

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