'Tis the gift to be simple

Representative Text

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 >

Text Information

First Line: 'Tis the gift to be simple
Author: Joseph Brackett
Meter: Irregular with refrain
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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