Would that I were a jewel, a shattered jewel, That all my shining brilliants might fall at thy feet, Thou dark one. Would that I were a garment, A shimmering silken garment That all my folds might wrap about thy body, Absorb thy body, Hold and hide thy body, Thou dark one. Would that I were a flame, But one sharp, leaping flame To annihilate thy body, Thou dark one.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Songs to the dark virgin", appears in The Weary Blues, first published 1926 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Florence Bea Price (1888 - 1953), "Songs to the dark virgin", published 1941 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
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