To fling my arms wide In some place in the sun, To whirl and dance Till the bright day is done. Then rest at cool evening Beneath a tall tree While night comes gently Dark like me. That is my dream. To fling my arms wide In the face of the sun. Dance! Whirl! Whirl! Till the quick day is done. Rest at pale evening, A tall, slim tree, Night coming tenderly Black like me.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Dream variation", appears in The Weary Blues, first published 1926 [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 Margaret Bonds (1913 - 1972), "Dream variation", published 1959 [ high voice or medium voice, piano ], from Three dream portraits, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by William Mayer (b. 1925), "Dream variations" [ baritone and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Dorothy Rudd Moore (1940 - 2022), "Dream variation", 1972 [ mezzo-soprano, cello, piano ], from From the Dark Tower, no. 6 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Florence Bea Price (1887 - 1953), "My dream" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Richard Thompson (b. 1954), "Dream variations", 2004 [ tenor and piano ], from Dream Variations, no. 5 [sung text not yet checked]
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