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Night Funeral In Harlem

Night Funeral In Harlem

Night funeral
In Harlem:

Where did they get
Them two fine cars?

Insurance man, he did not pay
His insurance lapsed the other day
Yet they got a satin box
For his head to lay.

Night funeral
In Harlem:

Who was it sent
That wreath of flowers?

Them flowers came
From that poor boy’s friends
They’ll want flowers, too,
When they meet their ends.

Night funeral
in Harlem:

Who preached that
Black boy to his grave?

Old preacher man
Preached that boy away
Charged Five Dollars
His girl friend had to pay.

Night funeral
In Harlem:

When it was all over
And the lid shut on his head
And the organ had done played
And the last prayers been said
And six pallbearers
Carried him out for dead
And off down Lenox Avenue
That long black hearse done sped,
The street light
At his corner
Shined just like a tear
That boy that they was mournin’
Was so dear, so dear
To them folks that brought the flowers,
To that girl who paid the preacher man
It was all their tears that made
That poor boy’s
Funeral grand.

Night funeral
In Harlem.



Poem Night Funeral In Harlem - Langston Hughes
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