Wealth is in the Heart

This is a musical setting by Fen Frehner of the poem "Wealth", by Alfred Grant Walton

Text: adapted from a poem, “Wealth”, by Alfred Grant Walton

Background

The poem, “Wealth”, by Alfred Grant Walton touches on what “wealth” (or happiness) is and is not. It was one of my earlier attempts at setting a text to music, and the text was written as a poem and not as lyrics, requiring some adaptation, so cut me some slack on the end result. I would approach it somewhat differently if I did another setting of it. Nevertheless, the message, though dated, can still be useful, and a tune can help memorize the text.

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Lyrics


Wealth is not the things we own–A stately house upon a hill,Paintings, rugs and tapestries, Or servants taught to do one’s will.In luxury, a man may dwell,As lonely as in a prison cell.
Wealth is not a plenteous purse,The bonds that one has stored away,A boastful balance in a bank,Or jewelled baubles that fools display.The things that really gratifyAre things that money cannot buy.
Wealth is health, and a cheerful heart,An ear that hears the robin’s song,A mind content, some treasured friends,And fragrant memories lingering on.Living is an inward art–All lasting wealth is in the heart!
Text: Alfred Grant Walton
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