Gather up In the arms of your pity The sick, the depraved, The desperate, the tired, All the scum Of our weary city Gather up In the arms of your pity. Gather up In the arms of your love -- Those who expect No love from above.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Prayer", 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 Sergius Kagen (1909 - 1964), "Prayer", published 1951 [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by John Musto (b. 1954), "Litany", from Shadow of the blues, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Robert Owens (1925 - 2017), "Prayer", op. 9 no. 8 [ baritone and piano ], from Tearless - Song Cycle for Baritone and Piano, no. 8 [sung text not yet checked]
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