Three Poems
of Langston Hughes


Soprano and Violin



dedicated the Jeanette Thompson

wonton, ravioli and the dairy queen
Carmen Pelton, soprano
Paul Chou, violin

Oxford University Press, 2002

Program Notes

1. The Dream Keeper
2. Poem
3. Joy


1. The Dream Keeper

Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamer,
Bring me all your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.

2.  Poem

I loved my friend.
He went away from me.
There’s nothing more to say.
The poem ends.
Soft as it began-
I loved my friend

3.  Joy

I went looking for Joy,
Slim, dancing Joy,
Gay, laughing Joy,
Bright-eyed Joy–
And I found her
Driving the butcher’s cart
In the arms of the butcher boy!
Such company, such company,
As keeps this young nymph, Joy!

–Langston Hughes


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