by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906)

Compensation
Language: English 
Because I had loved so deeply,
Because I had loved so long,
God in His great compassion
Gave me the gift of song.

Because I have loved so vainly,
And sung with such faltering breath,
The Master in infinite mercy
Offers the boon of Death.

Confirmed with The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.


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Word count: 45