I catch the pattern Of your silence Before you speak. I do not need To hear a word. In your silence Every tone I seek Is heard.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Silence" [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 Robert Owens (1925 - 2017), "Silence", op. 11 no. 4 [ tenor and piano ], from Silver Rain, no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2010-10-26
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