The earth-meaning Like the sky-meaning Was fulfilled. We got up And went to the river, Touched silver water, Laughed and bathed In the sunshine. Day Became a bright ball of light For us to play with, Sunset A yellow curtain, Night A velvet screen. The moon, Like an old grandmother, Blessed us with a kiss And sleep Took us both in Laughing.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Fulfillment" [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 Henry Dixon Cowell (1897 - 1965), "Fulfillment", L. 935 no. 3 (1964), first performed 1986 [ mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, and violoncello ], from Three Songs on Poems of Langston Hughes, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Robert Owens (1925 - 2017), "Fulfillment", op. 11 no. 2 [ tenor and piano ], from Silver Rain, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
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