"Compensation" is part of Betty Jackson King's song grouping A Set of Three Dunbar Poems.
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.

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