"Compensation" is the second song of Simon Sargon's song cycle Jump Back!: African American Poetry in Song. The cycle sets five poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar and is available through Southern Music Company.
The audio selection in the player to the right features Barbara Hill Moore, soprano, and Richard Gordon, piano. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
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.