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Hungry child, I didn't make this world for you You didn't buy any stock in my railroad. You didn't invest in my corporation. Where are your shares in standard oil? I made the world for the rich And the will-be-rich And the have-always-been-rich, Not for you, Hungry child.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "God to Hungry Child", appears in Good Morning Revolution, first published 1973 [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 Frederic Rzewski (1938 - 2021), "Lullaby: God to a hungry child" [ baritone, vibraphone, clarinet ], from Three songs [sung text not yet checked]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2008-09-07
Line count: 10
Word count: 48