Dear Death: I got your message That my son is dead. The ink you used To write it Is the blood he bled. You say he died with honor On the battlefield, And that I am honored, too, By this bloody yield. Your letter Signed in blood, With his blood Is sealed.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Official notice", appears in The Panther and the Lash, first published 1967 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Elie Siegmeister (1909 - 1991), "Official notice", 1966, published 1978, orchestrated 1967 [ low voice and piano or orchestra ], from The Face of War, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
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