Sprague is a surname of English origin, from the northern Middle English Spragge, either a personal name or a byname meaning "lively", a metathesized and voiced form of Spark, a Northern English surname from the Old Norse byname or personal name Sparkr ‘sprightly’, ‘vivacious’.
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“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.”
—Unknown. Tis the Gift to Be Simple.
AH. American Hymns Old and New, Vols. III. Vol. I, with music; Vol. II, notes on the hymns and biographies of the authors and composers. Albert Christ-Janer, Charles W. Hughes, and Carleton Sprague Smith, eds. (1980)