Because my mouth Is wide with laughter And my throat Is deep with song, You do not think I suffer after I have held my pain So long. Because my mouth Is wide with laughter, You do not hear my inner cry? Because my feet Are gay with dancing You do not know I die?
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Confirmed with Mein dunklen Hände. Moderne Negerlyrik in Original und Nachdichtung, herausgegeben und übertragen von Eva Hesse und Paridam von dem Knesebeck, München: Nymphenburger Verlag, 1953, page 24.
- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Minstrel man", appears in The Dream Keeper and Other Poems, first published 1932 [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 Margaret Bonds (1913 - 1972), "Minstrel man", published 1959 [ voice and piano ], from Three dream portraits, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Günter Raphael (1903 - 1960), "Minstrel man", published 1965 [ baritone, piano, oboe, and percussion ], from My Dark Hands = Mein dunklen Hände, no. 3, also set in German (Deutsch) [sung text not yet checked]
- by Hermann Reutter (1900 - 1985), "Minstrel man", published 1958 [ baritone and piano ], from Meine dunklen Hände, no. 1, also set in German (Deutsch) [sung text checked 1 time]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Paridam von dem Knesebeck (c1911 - 2000) , "Bänkelsänger", appears in Mein dunklen Hände. Moderne Negerlyrik in Original und Nachdichtung, first published 1953, copyright © and by Eva Hesse (1925 - 2020) , "Bänkelsänger", appears in Mein dunklen Hände. Moderne Negerlyrik in Original und Nachdichtung, first published 1953, copyright © ; composed by Günter Raphael, Hermann Reutter.
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