Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933). The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women. 1917.

By Jessie B. Rittenhouse


MY debt to you, Belovèd,
  Is one I cannot pay
In any coin of any realm
  On any reckoning day;
For where is he shall figure         5
  The debt, when all is said,
To one who makes you dream again
  When all the dreams were dead?
Or where is the appraiser
  Who shall the claim compute         10
Of one who makes you sing again
  When all the songs were mute?