'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 bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning
we come 'round right.

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Simple Gifts, a one-verse song probably meant
to accompany dance, was written by
Elder Joseph while he was at the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine.

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O Lord, baptize our hearts into a sense
of the conditions and needs of all people.

-------------–George Fox (1624-1691)

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O God, help us not to despise
what we do not understand.

-------------–William Penn (1644-1718)

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