Three Songs on Poems of Langston Hughes

Song Cycle by Henry Dixon Cowell (1897 - 1965)

Word count: 150

1. Demand [sung text checked 1 time]

Listen!
Dear dream of utter aliveness --
Touching my body of utter death --
Tell me, O quickly! dream of aliveness,
The flaming source of your bright breath.
Tell me, O dream of utter aliveness --
Knowing so well the wind and the sun --
Where is this light
Your eyes see forever
And what is this wind
You touch when you run?

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2. Moonlight Night: Carmel [sung text checked 1 time]

Tonight the waves march
In long ranks
Cutting the darkness
With their silver shanks,
Cutting the darkness
And kissing the moon
And beating the land's
Edge into a swoon.

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3. Fulfillment [sung text checked 1 time]

The earth-meaning
Like the sky-meaning
Was fulfilled.

We got up
And went to the river,
Touched silver water,
Laughed and bathed
In the sunshine.
Day
Became a bright ball of light
For us to play with,
Sunset
A yellow curtain,
Night
A velvet screen.

The moon,
Like an old grandmother,
Blessed us with a kiss
And sleep
Took us both in
Laughing.

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