The sea's own children Do not understand. They know But that the sea is strong Like God's hand. They know But that sea wind is sweet Like God's breath, And that the sea holds A wide, deep death.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Sea charm", appears in The Weary Blues, first published 1926 [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 Ray Green (b. 1908), "Sea charm", published 1934 [ TTBB chorus ], from New Music 7(3) [sung text not yet checked]
- by Edward C. Harris (1899 - ?), "Sea charm", published 1950 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Frederick Piket (1903 - 1974), "Sea charm", published 1948 [ SATB chorus a cappella ], from Sea Charm [sung text not yet checked]
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