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Post by Lucy_k_p » March 11th, 2012, 7:18 am

The Red Flower by Henry van Dyke (1852 - 1933)

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Dr. Henry van Dyke was an American author, lecturer, ambassador and pastor. He was in charge of the committee which wrote The Book of Common Worship of 1906, the first printed Presbyterian liturgy.
He wrote many poems, short stories, hymns and essays, often with religious themes.
This particular poem, written after the outbreak of World War I but set beforehand, contrasts the natural beauty of the summer before the war with the horror and destruction that is to follow. (Summary by Lucy Perry)
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June 1914

In the pleasant time of Pentecost,
  By the little river Kyll,
I followed the angler's winding path
  Or waded the stream at will.
And the friendly fertile German land
  Lay round me green and still.

But all day long on the eastern bank
  Of the river cool and clear,
Where the curving track of the double rails
  Was hardly seen though near,
The endless trains of German troops
  Went rolling down to Trier.

They packed the windows with bullet heads
  And caps of hodden gray;
They laughed and sang and shouted loud
  When the trains were brought to a stay;
They waved their hands and sang again
  As they went on their iron way.

No shadow fell on the smiling land,
  No cloud arose in the sky;
I could hear the river's quiet tune
  When the trains had rattled by;
But my heart sank low with a heavy sense
  Of trouble,—I knew not why.

Then came I into a certain field
  Where the devil's paint-brush spread
'Mid the gray and green of the rolling hills
  A flaring splotch of red,
An evil omen, a bloody sign,
  And a token of many dead.

I saw in a vision the field-gray horde
  Break forth at the devil's hour,
And trample the earth into crimson mud
  In the rage of the Will to Power,—
All this I dreamed in the valley of Kyll,
  At the sign of the blood-red flower.
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Last edited by Lucy_k_p on March 18th, 2012, 10:23 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Post by melisa » March 11th, 2012, 4:24 pm


I am hoping that this upload is acceptable?
(I just deleted my last upload and renamed it with this one)
Length: 2:23

Thank you for your reply,
Last edited by melisa on March 13th, 2012, 4:56 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Post by JohanLiebert » March 11th, 2012, 4:37 pm

Hmm, a very interesting poem... here's my reading :)
length: 02:10
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Post by Snapdragon » March 12th, 2012, 7:46 am


Remember those who served!

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Post by dvblike » March 12th, 2012, 1:30 pm

This is my first recording besides the test. Let me know if it's ok!
Length: 1:52

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Post by Chris Caron » March 12th, 2012, 4:22 pm
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-QUESTION: Each weekly/fortnightly project I volunteered for, has had a scattered arrangement of entries. I'm wondering if there's a specific reason why the columns are filled with spaces (e.g. 1, 4, 10, 15, 3 can be open even though it's the same recording)?

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Post by aradlaw » March 12th, 2012, 5:17 pm

Chris Caron wrote: -QUESTION: Each weekly/fortnightly project I volunteered for, has had a scattered arrangement of entries. I'm wondering if there's a specific reason why the columns are filled with spaces (e.g. 1, 4, 10, 15, 3 can be open even though it's the same recording)?
Hi Chris, the readings are ordered alphabetically by your initials in the filename, we try to space them since the only way to rearrange the MW is to manually move the information and links in each row. (a pain at times ) :D
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Post by LenXZ1 » March 13th, 2012, 12:01 pm

Here is my version of this grim poem of foreboding just before WWI broke out:
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Post by NoelBadrian » March 13th, 2012, 4:40 pm

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Post by Vandermast » March 14th, 2012, 5:13 pm

Endless trains of uniformed troops roll by, and our man senses trouble. Wot a visionary! :mrgreen:

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Post by HarveySpurr » March 14th, 2012, 5:21 pm

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