Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And childrens's faces looking up
Holding wonder in 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 ecstacy
Give all you have been, or could be.
 
About "Barter"

"Barter" is the first poem in Teasdale's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, Love Songs.

Poems by This Author

After Love by Sara Teasdale
There is no magic any more
Faults by Sara Teasdale
They came to tell your faults to me
Four Winds by Sara Teasdale
"Four winds blowing thro' the sky
I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale
I am not yours, not lost in you
I Love You by Sara Teasdale
When April bends above me
Moonlight by Sara Teasdale
It will not hurt me when I am old
Places [III. Winter Sun] by Sara Teasdale
There was a bush with scarlet berries
Summer Night, Riverside by Sara Teasdale
In the wild soft summer darkness
The Falling Star by Sara Teasdale
I saw a star slide down the sky
The Flight by Sara Teasdale
Look back with longing eyes and know that I will follow,
The Gift by Sara Teasdale
What can I give you, my lord, my lover
The Kiss by Sara Teasdale
Before you kissed me only winds of heaven
The Look by Sara Teasdale
Strephon kissed me in the spring
There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
What Do I Care by Sara Teasdale
What do I care, in the dreams and the languor of spring


Further Reading

Carpe Diem
A Shropshire Lad, II
by A. E. Housman
As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [All the world's a stage]
by William Shakespeare
Three Airs for the Beggar’s Opera, Air XXII
by John Gay
Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene III [O Mistress mine, where are you roaming?]
by William Shakespeare
A Psalm of Life
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A Song On the End of the World
by Czeslaw Milosz
Another Song [Are they shadows that we see?]
by Samuel Daniel
Anything Can Happen
by Seamus Heaney
Archaic Torso of Apollo
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Be Drunk
by Charles Baudelaire
Carpe Diem: Poems for Making the Most of Time
Daphnis and Chloe
by Haniel Long
Days
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dreams
by Langston Hughes
Exact
by Rae Armantrout
First Fig
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
I Have News for You
by Tony Hoagland
I saw a man pursuing the horizon
by Stephen Crane
I tie my Hat—I crease my Shawl (443)
by Emily Dickinson
If—
by Rudyard Kipling
Live Blindly and Upon the Hour
by Trumbull Stickney
My life closed twice before its close (96)
by Emily Dickinson
My life has been the poem I would have writ
by Henry David Thoreau
O Me! O Life!
by Walt Whitman
O, Gather Me the Rose
by William Ernest Henley
Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.
by Noah Eli Gordon
Song of Myself, III
by Walt Whitman
Song to Celia
by Ben Jonson
Thanatopsis
by William Cullen Bryant
the gate
by Tadeusz Różewicz
The Layers
by Stanley Kunitz
The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
To His Coy Mistress
by Andrew Marvell
To Rosa
by Abraham Lincoln
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
by Robert Herrick
Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam
by Ernest Dowson
We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths
by Philip James Bailey
When I consider every thing that grows (Sonnet 15)
by William Shakespeare
You Can't Have It All
by Barbara Ras