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Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!Francis William Lauderdale Adams was an essayist, poet, dramatist, novelist and journalist who produced a large volume of work in his short life.
A self-professed 'Child of his Age', Adams combined in his life and work many distinctive features of both fin de siècle British culture and the Australian radical nationalism of the 1890s, including a strong sympathy with socialist and feminist movements. ( Wikipedia)
This week's poem can be found here.
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Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHz
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Begin your reading with the abbreviated LibriVox disclaimer:
No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
Then read the poem:In the Pit: Chant of the Firemen by Francis William Lauderdale Adams, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal url.]
“This is the steamer’s pit.
The ovens like dragons of fire
Glare thro’ their close-lidded eyes
With restless hungry desire.
“Down from the tropic night
Rushes the funnelled air;
Our heads expand and fall in;
Our hearts thump huge as despair.
“’Tis we make the bright hot blood
Of this throbbing inanimate thing;
And our life is no less the fuel
Than the coal we shovel and fling.
“And lest of this we be proud
Or anything but meek,
We are well cursed and paid—
Ten shillings a week!”
Round, round, round in its tunnel
The shaft turns pitiless strong,
While lost souls cry out in the darkness:
“How long, O Lord, how long?”
At the end of your reading, leave a space and then say:
End of poem. This recording is in the public domain.
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File name - all in lowercase: firemen_adams_your initials in lowercase_128kb.mp3
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