Simple Gifts Lyrics

“Simple Gifts” was written by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett in 1848. Since then, the song has been adapted and arranged by many composers and performers.

‘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 gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,

To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.