Earth gets its price

Earth gets its price


 Earth gets its price



“Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us,

The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in, The priest hath his fee who comes and shrives us,

We bargain for the graves we lie in;

At the devil’s booth are all things sold, Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold;

For a cap and bells our lives we pay.

Bubbles we buy with a whole soul’s tasking,

‘Tis heaven alone that is given away,

‘Tis only God may be had for the asking,

No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer.”

~ James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal, 1848





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