Joy

(1929)

"Joy" is the third song of Ruth Crawford Seeger's Five Songs, which sets the poems of Carl Sandburg.

Joy
by Carl Sandburg


Let a joy keep you.
Reach out your hands
And take it when it runs by,
As the Apache dancer
Clutches his woman.
I have seen them
Live long and laugh loud,
Sent on singing, singing,
Smashed to the heart
Under the ribs
With a terrible love.
Joy always,
Joy everywhere --
Let joy kill you!
Keep away from the little deaths.


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