What have I given, Bold sailor on the sea? In earth or heaven, That you should die for me? What can I give, O soldier, leal and brave, Long as I live, To pay the life you gave? What tithe or part Can I return to thee, O stricken heart, That thou shouldst break for me? The wind of Death For you has slain life's flowers, It withereth (God grant) all weeds in ours.
- by Francis William Bourdillon (1852 - 1921) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "The Debt Unpayable", 2009 [medium voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-22
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