Barter

(1988)

"Barter" is the third song of Simon Sargon's song cycle Let It Be You.

Sheet music for Mr. Sargon's songs is available directly through the composer by contacting the following email address: [email protected].

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The audio selection in the player to the right features Janeanne Houston, soprano, and Robert Jorgensen, piano. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

Barter
by Sara Teasdale


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 Spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.


Give 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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