Lovely, dark, and lonely one, Bare your bosom to the sun. Do not be afraid of light, You who are a child of night. Open wide your arms to life, Whirl in the wind of pain and strife, Face the wall with the dark closed gate, Beat with bare, brown fists-- And wait.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Song", appears in The Dream Keeper and Other Poems, first published 1932 [author's text not yet checked 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 Harry Thacker Burleigh (1866 - 1949), "Lovely, dark, and lonely one", published 1935 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
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