Genius Child

"Genius Child" is a song by Robert Owens setting the poetry of Langston Hughes. The song is from Owens' song cycle Mortal Storm.

Even though the song cycle Mortal Storm is out-of-print, "Faithful One" is currently published in the Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers. Another song from Mortal Storm which is included in this anthology is "Faithful One".

Date: 1969Composer: Robert OwensText: Langston Hughes

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Genius Child
by Langston Hughes

This is a song for the genius child.
Sing it softly, for the song is wild.
Sing it softly as ever you can–
Lest the song get out of hand.

Nobody loves a genius child.

Can you love an eagle,
Tame or wild?

Wild or tame,
Can you love a monster
Of frightening name?

Nobody loves a genius child.

Kill him–and let his soul run wild!

–The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 198

Sheet Music

Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers, Compiled by Willis C. Patterson

Composer(s): H. Leslie Adams, David Baker, Margaret Bonds, Charles Brown, Cecil Cohen, Noel de Costa, Mark Fax, Adolphus C. Hailstork, Eugene Hancock, Thomas Kerr, Jr., Charles Lloyd, Jr., Wendell Logan, Maurice McCall, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Undine Smith Moore, Robert Owens, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, Hale Smith, William Grant Still, Howard Swanson, George Walker, Olly Wilson, John Work, Jr.

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Genius Child

Composer(s): Robert Owens

Voice Type: Baritone

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