BARTER by Margaret Widdemer
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 BARTER
by Margaret Widdemer
(Sept. 30, 1884 July 14, 1978)
American author who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1919

If in that secret place
Where thou has cherished it, there yet is lying
Thy dearest bitterness, thy fondest sin,
Though thou hast guarded it with hurt and crying
Lift now thy face
Unlock the bolted door and let God in
And lay it in his holy hands to take:

How such an evil gift can please Him so
I do not know,
But, keeping it for wages, he shall make
Thy foul room sweet for thee with blowing wind
(He is so serviceable and so kind)
And set sweet water for thy thirst's distress
Instead of what thou hadst of bitterness;
And he shall bend and spread
Green balsam boughs to make a springing bed
Where thine own thorns pricked in;

Who would not pay away his dearest sin
To let such service in?

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