Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Dreams", appears in The Dream Keeper and Other Poems, first published 1932 [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 Cedric Adderley , "Dreams", published 1996 [ medium voice and piano ], from Three Dreams, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Conrad De Jong (b. 1934), "Dreams", published 1966 [ SSA chorus a cappella ], from Four Choruses after Langston Hughes [sung text not yet checked]
- by Leonard J[ordan] Lehrman (b. 1949), "Hold fast to dreams", op. 170, first performed 2005 [ SATB chorus and keyboard ] [sung text not yet checked]
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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-27
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