Made Things

By Turning, Turning we Come ‘Round Right

Simple Gifts
‘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 gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.
“Simple Gifts” is a Shaker song written by Joseph Brackett (1797–1882) in 1848. Aaron Copland includes the orchestral piece is his delightful composition Appalachian Spring.’ My favorite singing version is by Judy Collins (of course). You might also enjoy this one with Yo Yo Ma and Allison Krauss.

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  • Jody Lee Collins

    Nancy, the last line does speak to me the most..our lives are a continual turning–for me, I think about the many times each day I turn and repent and ask forgiveness, then go again into my day. God's grace is never ending!


    I, too, found the tune returning to my mind as I read your words, Jody, and even had a fuzzy recollection of where I'd first heard it: Shakertown, near Wilmore, KY. The info you provided at the end proved my inklings to be correct. 'Especially love that line about the place just right–in the valley of love and delight. Describes our dwelling place in Jesus, doesn't it.

  • Jean Wise

    You got me humming that turn! But it IS neat to read the words and gather their meanings in a new way Thanks!

  • Lisa notes...

    I love this song too. Will go now and listen to your links to start my morning! Thanks, Jody.

  • Layla Solms

    simple gifts is such a deligtful tune. thank you for reminding me of it. i found you via kimberlee conway ireton. looking at your favorite places list, we have a lot of shared interests.

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