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Poetry Friday: Wisdom (It Was A Night Of Early Spring) by Sara Teasdale

November 2nd, 2012 (07:07 am)
thankful

Current Mood: thankful
Current Song: Wisdom by Sara Teasdale, arranged by Ryan O'Connell

It was a night of early spring,
The winter-sleep was scarcely broken;
Around us shadows and the wind
Listened for what was never spoken.

Though half a score of years are gone,
Spring comes as sharply now as then -
But if we had it all to do
It would be done the same again.

It was a spring that never came;
But we have lived enough to know
That what we never have, remains;
It is the things we have that go.

- Wisdom (It Was A Night Of Early Spring) by Sara Teasdale

I just discovered this poem thanks to composer Ryan O'Connell, who wrote the score for a film I appeared in earlier this year. He also writes chamber music, and he recently published a beautiful arrangement of this poem-turned-song: Click here to see the sheet music and listen to the USC Thorton Chamber Singers perform the piece.

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Comments

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2012 11:11 am (UTC)
thanks

I love Sara Teasdale, but didn't know this one.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: thanks

Thanks for commenting!

Posted by: Laura Purdie Salas (Laura Purdie Salas)
Posted at: November 4th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)

Haven't seen you in a while! This poem is new to me and stunning. I've just added it to my Poems to Keep folder--thanks for introducing me to it:>)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 4th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)

Hi, Laura! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Posted by: Catherine Johnson (Kangaroobee)
Posted at: November 4th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)

Wonderful poem, the whole thing is so dreamy and the last line captures the essence of it completely.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 4th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)

Thanks for commenting! :)

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