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Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!Allan Cunningham was a Scottish poet and author. Cunningham was apprenticed to a stonemason, but gave his leisure to reading and writing imitations of old Scottish ballads. His prose is often spoiled by its misplaced and too ambitious rhetoric; his verse also is ornate, and both are full of mannerisms. Some of his songs, however, hold a high place among British lyrics. "A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea" is one of the best British sea-songs, although written by a landsman.(Summary by Wikipedia)
*This week's poem was suggested by loyaleagle.
This week's poem can be found here.
This poem is also a song, as found on page 57 here or here. You may sing it if you like, but any musical accompaniment must be done by you yourself.
Please be sure that your recording software is set to the following technical specifications:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHz
Have questions on "how"?
Check LV's Recording Notes thread before recording: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430
If this is your first recording, you'll also find this useful: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Newbie_Guide_to_Recording
Begin your reading with the abbreviated LibriVox disclaimer:
(Please leave no more than 0.5-1 second of silence at the beginning of your recording!)
Then read or sing the poem:A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea by Allan Cunningham , read (or sung) for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal url.]
*swelling or roaring found in other editions of this poem if you prefer.
A WET sheet and a flowing sea,
A wind that follows fast
And fills the white and rustling sail
And bends the gallant mast;
And bends the gallant mast, my boys,
While like the eagle free
Away the good ship flies, and leaves
Old England on the lee.
"O for a soft and gentle wind!"
I heard a fair one cry:
But give to me the snoring* breeze
And white waves heaving high;
And white waves heaving high, my lads,
The good ship tight and free—
The world of waters is our home,
And merry men are we.
There's tempest in yon hornèd moon,
And lightning in yon cloud:
But hark the music, mariners!
The wind is piping loud;
The wind is piping loud, my boys,
The lightning flashes free—
While the hollow oak our palace is,
Our heritage the sea.
At the end of your reading, leave a space and then say:
End of poem (or if sung, End of Song).This recording is in the public domain.
Please leave 5 seconds of silence at the end of your recording.
Save your recording as an mp3 file using the following filename and ID3 tag format:
File name - all in lowercase: wetsheetflowingsea_cunningham_your initials in lowercase.mp3 (eg. wetsheetflowingsea_cunningham_klh)
ID3 tags (Version 2):
Artist Name: Allan Cunningham
Track Title: A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea - Read by YOUR INITIALS (eg. A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea - Read by KLH)
Album Title: LibriVox Weekly Poetry
Comments: (optional) Recorded by [your name]
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