O, sweep of stars over Harlem streets, O, little breath of oblivion that is night. A city building To a mother's song. A city dreaming To a lullaby. Reach up your hand, dark boy, and take a star. Out of the little breath of oblivion That is night, Take just One star.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Stars", 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 Frank W. Brazinski (b. 1932), "Stars" [ baritone or tenor, unaccompanied ], from Names in Uphill Letters [sung text not yet checked]
- by Serge Hovey (b. 1920), "Stars", published 1950 [ voice and piano ], from I, Too, Sing America [sung text not yet checked]
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