Pierrot Took his heart And hung it On a wayside wall. He said, "Look, Passers-by, Here is my heart!" But no one was curious. No one cared at all That there hung Pierrot's heart On the public wall. So Pierrot Took his heart And hid it Far away. Now people wonder Where his heart is Today.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Heart", appears in Fields of Wonder, first published 1947 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Jean Berger, né Arthur Schloßberg (1909 - 2002), "Heart", published 1951 [ voice and piano ], from Four Songs, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Robert Owens (1925 - 2017), "Heart", op. 14 no. 1 [ soprano and piano ], from Heart on the Wall, no. 1, with a German translation by Erika Berghöfer-Engen  [sung text not yet checked]
- by Robert G. Patterson (b. 1957), "Heart", 2012 [ baritone and piano ], from American Pierrot: A Langston Hughes Songbook, no. 10, Great River Music, GRM-01037 [sung text not yet checked]
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