Listen! Dear dream of utter aliveness -- Touching my body of utter death -- Tell me, O quickly! dream of aliveness, The flaming source of your bright breath. Tell me, O dream of utter aliveness -- Knowing so well the wind and the sun -- Where is this light Your eyes see forever And what is this wind You touch when you run?
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Henry Dixon Cowell (1897 - 1965), "Demand", L. 935 no. 1 (1964), first performed 1986 [ mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, and violoncello ], from Three Songs on Poems of Langston Hughes, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
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