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Beyond All Price — Hester’s Lullaby

2008, rev. 2016, final aria revisions 2018 | soprano/piano

There also is an arrangement for soprano and guitar, and the PDF will be sold on my site at

Libretto by David Mason

From The Scarlet Letter  

At the end of Act One, Scene Two of The Scarlet Letter, Hester is alone in her jail cell with her sleeping baby, having just been confronted by her estranged husband, whom she had until that day assumed was dead. This is the moment when her love for her daughter, Pearl, overwhelms her, and she vows to do everything in her power, despite the morality of her community and her husband’s desire for revenge, to protect and nurture her child.

— David Mason


This aria is for sale with the following options:

Hard copy available through Glendower Jones and Click here to purchase.

PDF copy available through MusicaNeo. Click here to purchase.

If you purchased this aria prior to 5.4.18, please amend Hester's line as follows:


m. 15 — add mp at end of diminuendo

m. 36  — add diminuendo to Hester’s line

m. 46 — add forte to beat 2

m. 57 — erase dim

m. 58  — erase mf

m. 59 — erase f