My debt to you, Beloved, Is one I cannot pay In any coin of any realm On any reckoning day; For where is he shall figure The debt, when all is said, To one who makes you dream again When all the dreams were dead? Or where is the appraiser Who shall the claim compute Of one who makes you sing again When all the songs were mute?
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- by Jessie Belle Rittenhouse Scollard (1869 - 1948), "Debts" [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Kirke Mechem (b. 1925), "Epilogue ("Debts")", op. 58 no. 4 [soprano and piano], from To an Absent Love, no. 4, [New York] : G. Schirmer : Associated Music Publishers ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed by Hal Leonard [text verified 1 time]
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