Death of an Old Seaman


"Death of an Old Seaman" is a song by Cecil Cohen setting the poetry of Langston Hughes. The song is currently published in the Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers.

Death of an Old Seaman
by Langston Hughes

We buried him high on a windy hill,
But his soul went out to sea.
I know, for I heard, when all was still,
His sea-soul say to me:

Put no tombstone at my head,
For here I do not make my bed.
Strew no flowers on my grave,
I've gone back to the wind and wave.
Do not, do not weep for me,
For I am happy with the sea.

--The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 99

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