A little love poem to start the new year.
As usual, each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many Librivox volunteers as possible! Have fun!
I do not love Thee
by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton. 1808?1876
I do not love thee!?no! I do not love thee!
And yet when thou art absent I am sad;
And envy even the bright blue sky above thee,
Whose quiet stars may see thee and be glad.
I do not love thee!?yet, I know not why,
Whate'er thou dost seems still well done, to me:
And often in my solitude I sigh
That those I do love are not more like thee!
I do not love thee!?yet, when thou art gone,
I hate the sound (though those who speak be dear)
Which breaks the lingering echo of the tone
Thy voice of music leaves upon my ear.
I do not love thee!?yet thy speaking eyes,
With their deep, bright, and most expressive blue,
Between me and the midnight heaven arise,
Oftener than any eyes I ever knew.
I know I do not love thee! yet, alas!
Others will scarcely trust my candid heart;
And oft I catch them smiling as they pass,
Because they see me gazing where thou art.
You can access the poem here in the Bartleby collection:
If you wish to contribute, please have your readings submitted by 5:00 PST on Saturday, January 7th.
Please post a link to your version in a reply to this post, or use http://yousendit.com to send your file directly to me at peter[dot]planete[at]tiscali[dot]co[dot]uk Do tell me your name, so you can be credited with the reading ... do you want a pseudonym or your real name to be used?
File name: i_do_not_love_thee_norton_[your initials].mp3
Title: i_do_not_love_thee_[your initials]
... perhaps adding "Recorded by .." in the Comment.
New readers: remember to read the "librivox disclaimer" at the beginning of your poem, e.g. "I do not love thee, by Caroline Norton, read for librivox.org by [your name]" or some variation on that, adding date, location, your personal url, if you wish.
Please read the Recording Notes http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=106
Enjoy yourself! I look forward to listening.
(and remember, anyone who submits a recording can choose the next weekly poem! If you'd like to pick next week's poem, just post here!)