'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where you 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.
This song has been speaking to me for a long time now. When Maggie was first born it was on one of her lullabye CDs... I had heard it before but hadn't really listened till then...
From WIKIPEDIA: "It was written by Elder Joseph while he was at the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine in 1848...." "It has endured many inaccurate descriptions. Though often classified as an anonymous Shaker hymn or as a work song, it is better classified as a dance song."
I couldn't find a version I quite liked to share here, no version that you could dance to, anyway...so I'm gonna do my own version...Coming up soon with perhaps some of my other songs...
Working on it friends