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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