"Dear Husband: Come this fall without fail. I want to see you so much. That is the one bright hope I have. If you do not get me, Somebody else will. It is said that Master will sell me; Then all my hopes will fade. If I thought I should never see you again, This earth would have no charms for me. The baby has started to crawl. The other children are well. Oh that blessed hour When I shall see you once more! You must write to me soon And say when you can come."
- by Harriet Newby , a slave, from an actual letter to her husband Dangerfield.  [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Kirke Mechem (b. 1925), "Dear Husband", op. 58 no. 1 [soprano and piano], from To an Absent Love, no. 1, [New York] : G. Schirmer : Associated Music Publishers ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed by Hal Leonard [text verified 1 time]
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