Spirit's House

(1967)

"Spirit's House" is the first song in John Duke's song cycle Songs Out of Sorrow: Six Songs for Mezzo-Soprano. The song cycle sets the poetry of Sara Teasdale.

Songs Out of Sorrow: Six Songs for Mezzo-Soprano is included in the John Duke volume, Songs, Vol. 2, Medium Voice, published by Southern Music Company.

Spirit's House
by Sara Teasdale


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.


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