Lovely, Dark, and Lonely One

"Lovely, Dark, and Lonely One" is a song by Henry Burleigh setting the poem "Song" by Langston Hughes.

Date: 1935Composer: Henry BurleighText: Langston Hughes

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Song
by Langston Hughes

Lovely, dark, and lonely one,
Bare your bosom to the sun.
Do not be afraid of light,
You who are a child of night.

Open wide your arms to life,
Whirl in the wind of pain and strife,
Face the wall with the dark closed gate,
Beat with bare, brown fists–
And wait.

–The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 45

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