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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Confirmed with Sara Teasdale, Love Songs, New York, The Macmillan Company, 1917, page 3.1 Hall: "your"
2 Bachlund, Hall: "Spend"
- by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933), "Barter", appears in Love Songs, first published 1917 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Barter", 2010 [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Henry Leland Clarke (1907 - 1992), "Life has loveliness to sell" [ unison chorus and piano ], antiphonal [sung text not yet checked]
- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "Barter", 2015, first performed 2016 [ vocal duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano with piano ], from Music like a curve of gold, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
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