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Post by catrose » July 7th, 2012, 2:14 pm

Beth Gêlert, or the Grave of the Greyhound
by William Robert Spencer (1770–1834)

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William Robert Spencer, English poet and wit, was the younger son of Lord Charles Spencer and his wife Mary Beauclerk. Spencer's wit made him a popular member of society. He belonged to the Whig set of Charles James Fox and Richard Brinsley Sheridan and was frequently a guest of the prince of Wales. He did not desire a public life, being content as a writer of "occasional" verse and vers de société.
His writings were greatly appreciated by his contemporaries, being warmly praised by such figures as Sir Walter Scott, John Wilson, and Lord Byron.
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The spearmen heard the bugle sound,
And cheerly smiled the morn;
And many a brach, and many a hound,
Obeyed Llewelyn's horn.

And still he blew a louder blast,
And gave a lustier cheer:
'Come, Gelert come, wer't never last
Llewelyn's horn to hear.

'Oh where does faithful Gelert roam,
The flower of all his race;
So true, so brave, a lamb at home,
A lion in the chase?'

'Twas only at Llewelyn's board
The faithful Gelert fed;
He watched, he served, he cheered his lord,
And sentinelled his bed.

In sooth he was a peerless hound,
The gift of royal John;
But now no Gelert could be found,
And all the chase rode on.

And now, as o'er the rocks and dells
The gallant chidings rise,
All Snowdon's craggy chaos yells
The many-mingled cries.

That day Llewelyn little loved
The chase of hart and hare;
And scant and small the booty proved,
For Gelert was not there.

Unpleased Llewelyn homeward hied,
When near the portal seat
His truant Gelert he espied,
Bounding his lord to greet.

But when he gained his castle door
Aghast the chieftain stood;
The hound all o'er was smeared with gore,
His lips, his fangs, ran blood.

Llewelyn gazed with fierce surprise;
Unused such looks to meet,
His favourite checked his joyful guise,
And crouched, and licked his feet.

Onward in haste Llewelyn passed,
And on went Gelert too;
And still, where'er his eyes he cast,
Fresh blood-gouts shocked his view.

O'erturned his infants bed he found,
With blood-stained covert rent;
And all around the walls and ground
With recent blood besprent.

He called his child--no voice replied--
He searched with terror wild;
Blood, blood he found on every side,
But nowhere found his child.

'Hell hound! my child's by thee devoured,'
The frantic father cried;
And to the hilt his vengeful sword
He plunged in Gelert's side.

His suppliant looks, as prone he fell,
No pity could impart;
But still his Gelert's dying yell
Passed heavy o'er his heart.

Aroused by Gelert's dying yell,
Some slumberer wakened nigh:
What words the parent's joy could tell
To hear his infant's cry!

Concealed beneath a tumbled heap
His hurried search had missed,
All glowing from his rosy sleep,
The cherub boy he kissed.

Nor scathe had he, nor harm, nor dread,
But, the same couch beneath,
Lay a gaunt wolf, all torn and dead,
Tremendous still in death.

Ah, what was then Llewelyn's pain!
For now the truth was clear;
His gallant hound the wolf had slain,
To save Llewelyn's heir.

Vain, vain was all Llewelyn's woe:
'Best of thy kind, adieu!
The frantic blow, which laid thee low,
This heart shall ever rue.'

And now a gallant tomb they raise,
With costly sculpture decked;
And marbles storied with his praise
Poor Gelert's bones protect.

There never could the spearman pass,
Or forester, unmoved;
There, oft the tear-besprinkled grass
Llewelyn's sorrow proved.

And there he hung his horn and spear,
And there, as evening fell,
In fancy's ear he oft would hear
Poor Gelert's dying yell.

And till great Snowdon's rocks grow old,
And cease the storm to brave,
The consecrated spot shall hold
The name of 'Gelert's grave'.
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Last edited by catrose on July 22nd, 2012, 5:57 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Post by aradlaw » July 7th, 2012, 8:33 pm

You're all set up Cat. :D Let me know if you need anything.
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Post by bobgon55 » July 7th, 2012, 11:04 pm

Hi Cat!

First one out of the gate!

http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/dl/bethgelert_spencer_bg.mp3

Duration 5:00

Five minutes long; took me three hours to produce. Worth every second. :D
Great poem! Thanks for this, Cat.

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Post by catrose » July 8th, 2012, 12:48 am

Worth the three hours Bob. I'm in tears :')
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Post by bobgon55 » July 8th, 2012, 12:57 am

catrose wrote:Worth the three hours Bob. I'm n tears :')
Thank you, Cat! I certainly did NOT want to disappoint you. :D :wink:

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Post by J_N » July 8th, 2012, 1:11 am

Hi! Are we supposed to pronounce Llewelyn welsh? I can't do that L-with-a-hissing-sound-thingy :(

Beautiful poem, though - hope I don't massacre it :?
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Post by catrose » July 8th, 2012, 1:32 am

J_N wrote:Hi! Are we supposed to pronounce Llewelyn welsh? I can't do that L-with-a-hissing-sound-thingy :(

Beautiful poem, though - hope I don't massacre it :?
I don't think it really matters. :) If you want to make llewelyn sound welsh, you can pronounce it tl-ewelyn, but lewelyn sounds just as good :D
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Post by J_N » July 8th, 2012, 1:48 am

reminded me a lot of Krambambuli [by Marie Ebner-Eschenbach] (if you ever come across an English translation or are able to understand German, do read it - it's such a sad but beautiful story)

http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/dl/bethgelert_spencer_jn.mp3 3:30

I actually welled up (luckily you can't hear) when the dog was .... and then he figures out that ... :cry: :cry: :cry: oh well... no spoilers...
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Post by catrose » July 8th, 2012, 2:31 am

J_N wrote: I actually welled up (luckily you can't hear) when the dog was .... and then he figures out that ... :cry: :cry: :cry: oh well... no spoilers...
I think everyone wells up the first time they read it! I cry everytime I hear it! Beautifully read :')
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Post by aradlaw » July 8th, 2012, 5:57 am

Moving this over to Short Works now. See you there. :)
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Post by Vandermast » July 8th, 2012, 8:52 am

How d'ya say 'Gelert' please? Is it gel as in gelding, or as in silica gel ('jel'), or an even softer g like the second one in garage? Is the t voiced? Is the stress on the first syllable? So many questions! :shock:

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Post by catrose » July 8th, 2012, 10:32 am

I normally pronounce it gelet (with the g like in get) I also pronounce it as two syllables gel-et. I hope that answers your question, though the name could be left open to interpretation (as qith Llewelyn, changing the pronunciation isn't an issue! :) )
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Post by Vandermast » July 8th, 2012, 11:35 am

Okey-doke. Dead Dog Sunday. :)

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Post by catrose » July 8th, 2012, 11:48 am

PL OK! :')
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Post by LenXZ1 » July 8th, 2012, 3:31 pm

Ah, what a rouser this is! Great fun to read!

http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/dl/bethgelert_spencer_llw.mp3
Duration: 5:05

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