Mercedes is a jungle-lily in a death house. Mercedes is a dommed star. Mercedes is a charnel rose. Go where gold Will fall at the feet of your beauty, Mercedes. Go where they will pay you well For your loveliness.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "To the dark Mercedes of 'El Palacio de Amor'", appears in The Weary Blues, first published 1926 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Sam Raphling (b. 1910), "To the dark Mercedes of El Palacio de Amor", published 1971 [ voice and piano ], from Shadows in the Sun: Eleven Poems by Langston Hughes, no. 6 [sung text not yet checked]
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