German composer Hermann Reutter's song "Drum" (or "Trommel" in German) sets a poem of Langston Hughes. This song is the second song in Reutter's song cycle My Dark Hands (Meine Dunklen Hände) and can be sung in either German or the original English.

Date: 1957Composer: Hermann ReutterText: Langston HughesSong Collection: My Dark Hands

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by Langston Hughes

Bear in mind
That death is a drum
Beating forever
Till the last worms come
To answer its call,
Till the last stars fall,
Until the last atom
Is no atom at all,
Until time is lost
And there is no air
And space itself
Is nothing nowhere,
Death is a drum,
A signal drum,
Calling life
To come!

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