Music like a curve of gold

Song Cycle by Juliana Hall (b. 1958)

Word count: 182

1. Barter [sung text checked 1 time]

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things;
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up,
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell;
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And, for [the]1 Spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

[Give]2 all you have for loveliness;
Buy it, and never count the cost!
For one white, singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost;
And for a breath of ecstasy,
Give all you have been, or could be.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Confirmed with Sara Teasdale, Love Songs, New York, The Macmillan Company, 1917, page 3.

1 Hall: "your"
2 Bachlund, Hall: "Spend"

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2. A prayer [sung text checked 1 time]

When I am dying, let me know
That I loved the blowing snow
Although it stung like whips;
That I loved all lovely things
And I tried to take their stings
With gay unembittered lips;
That I loved with all my strength,
To my soul's full depth and length,
Careless if my heart must break,
That I sang as children sing
Fitting tunes to everything,
Loving life for its own sake.

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