With two white roses on her breasts, White candles at head and feet, Dark Madonna of the grave she rests; Lord Death has found her sweet. Her mother pawned her wedding ring To lay her out in white; She'd be so proud she'd dance and sing to see herself tonight.
- by Countee Cullen (1903 - 1946), "A brown girl dead" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Josef Luitpold Stern (1886 - 1966) ; composed by Alexander Zemlinsky.
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This text was added to the website: 2009-10-13
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