Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
James Russell Lowell (181991)
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 Devils 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 souls tasking: T is heaven alone that is given away, T is only God may be had for the asking; No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer. And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays: Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, The Vision of Sir Launfal, prelude to part 1, lines 2138, The Vision of Sir Launfal and Other Poems, p. 45 (1887).