To a Brown Girl Dead


"To a Brown Girl Dead" is a song by Margaret Bonds, composed in 1933 and revised in 1956. The poem is by Countee Cullen.

A German translation of this poem has also been set by Alexander Zemlinsky in his Symphonische Gesänge.

To a brown girl dead
by Countee Cullen

With two white roses on her breasts,
White candles at head and feet,
Dark Madonna of the grave she rests;
Lord Death has found her sweet.

Her mother pawned her wedding ring
To lay her out in white;
She'd be so proud she'd dance and sing
to see herself tonight.

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