Once riding in old Baltimore, Heart-filled, head-filled with glee; I saw a Baltimorean Keep looking straight at me. Now I was eight and very small, And he was no whit bigger, And so I smiled, but he poked out His tongue and called me, "Nigger." I saw the whole of Baltimore From May until December; Of all the things that happened there That's all that I remember.
- by Countee Cullen (1903 - 1946) [author's text not yet checked 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 Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Incident", 2007 [medium voice and piano], from Five Poems of Countée Cullen, no. 2 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Kurt Pahlen (1907 - 2003), "Incident" [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Josef Luitpold Stern (1886 - 1966) , "Erlebnis", subtitle: "nach Countee Cullen" ; composed by Kurt Pahlen.
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This text was added to the website: 2005-10-12
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