Barter

Here is a lovely poem for your tea hour. I have loved reading it as a child.

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Barter
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 your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.
Spend 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.
 This lovely poem is set to music by Rene Clausen, in the Atlanta Boys choir  cd , ” A Garden of Beauty.  I highly recommend you listen to it, it makes the poem even more beautiful.
Happy reading,
Alyssa