Comment on War

(1997)

"Comment on War" is the 19th song in Rorem's massive song cycle Evidence of Things Not Seen, which sets 36 poems by a total of 24 authors.

Comment on War
by Langston Hughes


Let us kill off youth
For the sake of truth.

We who are old know what truth is—
Truth is a bundle of vicious lies
Tied together and sterilized—
A war-maker’s bait for unwise youth
To kill off each other
For the sake of
Truth.


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