From naked stones of agony I will build a house for me; As a mason all alone I will raise it, stone by stone, And every stone where I have bled Will show a sign of dusky red. I have not gone the way in vain, For I have good of all my pain; My spirit's quiet house will be Built of naked stones I trod On roads where I lost sight of God.
Confirmed with Sara Teasdale, Love Songs, New York, The Macmillan Company, 1917, page 47.
- by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933), "Spirit's house", appears in Love Songs, in 2. Interlude: Songs out of Sorrow, no. 1, 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 John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "Spirit's house", 1967 [mezzo-soprano and piano], from Songs Out of Sorrow, Six Songs for Mezzo-soprano, no. 1, Southern/Texas [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Maison de l'esprit", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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