- Year Published: 1913
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
- Word Count: 45
Dunbar, P. (1913). Compensation. Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 27, 2015, from
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Paul Laurence Dunbar, "Compensation," Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed January 27, 2015,.
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.