The tune is adapted from a traditional Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts.
The lyrics tell a very simplified version of Christ's life, using dance as a metaphor.
It has been covered by a very wide range of artists, perhaps the most famous being Michael Flatley, who choreographed a dance setting which is the title track from a music and dance production.
Southern Gospel trio performance - a capella:
Song leader with congregation - piano accompaniment:
LyricsThe lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here.
The definitive, authorised version of the words is available from the Stainer and Bell website - near the bottom of he page.