Love’s Usury (Poem by Gilbert Parker)

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Love’s Usury

By Gilbert Parker

Here count I over all the gentle deeds
Which thou hast done; here summon I thy words,
Sweeter to me than sweetest song of birds;
That came like grace immortal to my needs.

Love’s usury has reckoned such a sum
Of my indebtedness, that I can make
No lien large enough to overtake
Its value — and before it I am dumb!

Yet, O my gracious, most kind creditor,
I would not owe to thee one item less
We cannot give the sun requital for

Its liberal light; our office is to bless.
If blessings could be compassed by my prayer,
High heaven should set star-gems in thy hair.

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