FINIS [Fortnightly] To a Blank Sheet of Paper by O.W. Holmes

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Post by aradlaw » July 15th, 2017, 7:56 pm

To a Blank Sheet of Paper by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809 - 1894).

This project is now complete!
All audio files can be found on our catalog page:
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Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was an American physician, poet, and polymath based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets, he was acclaimed by his peers as one of the best writers of the day. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series. He was also an important medical reformer. In addition to his work as an author and poet, Holmes also served as a physician, professor, lecturer, and inventor, and although he never practiced it, he received formal training in law. ( Wikipedia)
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[*] Project Code: A2FQBmTz

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To a Blank Sheet of Paper by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal url.]
Then read the poem:
WAN-VISAGED thing! thy virgin leaf
To me looks more than deadly pale,
Unknowing what may stain thee yet,—
A poem or a tale.

Who can thy unborn meaning scan?
Can Seer or Sibyl read thee now?
No,—seek to trace the fate of man
Writ on his infant brow.

Love may light on thy snowy cheek,
And shake his Eden-breathing plumes;
Then shalt thou tell how Lelia smiles,
Or Angelina blooms.

Satire may lift his bearded lance,
Forestalling Time's slow-moving scythe,
And, scattered on thy little field,
Disjointed bards may writhe.

Perchance a vision of the night,
Some grizzled spectre, gaunt and thin,
Or sheeted corpse, may stalk along,
Or skeleton may grin.

If it should be in pensive hour
Some sorrow-moving theme I try,
Ah, maiden, how thy tears will fall,
For all I doom to die!

But if in merry mood I touch
Thy leaves, then shall the sight of thee
Sow smiles as thick on rosy lips
As ripples on the sea.

The Weekly press shall gladly stoop
To bind thee up among its sheaves;
The Daily steal thy shining ore,
To gild its leaden leaves.

Thou hast no tongue, yet thou canst speak,
Till distant shores shall hear the sound;
Thou hast no life, yet thou canst breathe
Fresh life on all around.

Thou art the arena of the wise,
The noiseless battle-ground of fame;
The sky where halos may be wreathed
Around the humblest name.

Take, then, this treasure to thy trust,
To win some idle reader's smile,
Then fade and moulder in the dust,
Or swell some bonfire's pile.


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Post by tovarisch » July 16th, 2017, 6:02 am

tovarisch
  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by aradlaw » July 16th, 2017, 12:39 pm

Thank you tovarisch. :thumbs:
I wasn't sure about this one, but it sounds good.
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Post by Geraldhoskins » July 16th, 2017, 1:15 pm

Please let me know what you think, this is my first upload:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/blanksheet_holmes_gh_128kb.mp3 (2:13)

Thank you!
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Post by aradlaw » July 16th, 2017, 3:01 pm

Thank you Gerald, good first reading, the specs are correct except for the high volume, you should aim for your wave forms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:
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and your files measures 98.5 dB. You can check your volume using our Checker program - see info at http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Checker Make sure you download the experimental version - you will find the volume in decibels on the Information tab. For your information, we look for around 89 dB (87-91 is OK).
You could try de-amplifying by -10 and uploading again using the same filename. :wink:
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Post by Geraldhoskins » July 16th, 2017, 3:21 pm

Thank you for the constructive feedback - handy tools! Here is the toned-down version, at 88.5db: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/blanksheet_holmes_gh_128kb.mp3

I appreciate your input!
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Post by aradlaw » July 16th, 2017, 3:34 pm

Thanks Gerald. :D (I've updated your catalog name.)
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Post by tovarisch » July 17th, 2017, 12:19 pm

David,

I found that you've uploaded your reading, and picked it to PL... If you didn't want it PLed, please disregard...
Note (just one): @0:10 the text is "WAN-VISAGED thing...", I heard "WAN-VISION thing..."

:)
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Post by Algy Pug » July 17th, 2017, 5:53 pm

Algy Pug

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Post by aradlaw » July 19th, 2017, 11:24 am

Thank you Algy and Bruce. :thumbs:

Thanks for the PL tovarisch, the dit have been uploaded.
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Post by GregGiordano » July 19th, 2017, 7:18 pm

Here is my contribution to this project:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/blanksheet_holmes_gg_128kb.mp3

Run time is 2:58

Thank you!

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Post by aradlaw » July 19th, 2017, 7:37 pm

Thank you Greg. :thumbs:
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Post by GregGiordano » July 19th, 2017, 7:58 pm

aradlaw wrote:Thank you Greg. :thumbs:
You are most welcome, my friend!

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Post by pschempf » July 20th, 2017, 5:59 pm

David-

That was fun. Made me think of Poe for some reason. :hmm:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/blanksheet_holmes_ps_128kb.mp3
Track length: 2:25
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