COMPLETE [Fortnightly Poem] The Crocuses by Frances E. W. Harper - dl

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Post by aradlaw » April 6th, 2018, 1:51 pm

The Crocuses by Frances E. W. Harper (1825 - 1911).

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was an African-American abolitionist, suffragist, poet and author. She was also active in other types of social reform and was a member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, which advocated the federal government taking a role in progressive reform. ( Wikipedia)
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They heard the South wind sighing
A murmur of the rain;
And they knew that Earth was longing
To see them all again.

While the snow-drops still were sleeping
Beneath the silent sod;
They felt their new life pulsing
Within the dark, cold clod.

Not a daffodil nor daisy
Had dared to raise its head;
Not a fairhaired dandelion
Peeped timid from its bed;

Though a tremor of the winter
Did shivering through them run;
Yet they lifted up their foreheads
To greet the vernal sun.

And the sunbeams gave them welcome.
As did the morning air
And scattered o'er their simple robes
Rich tints of beauty rare.

Soon a host of lovely flowers
From vales and woodland burst;
But in all that fair procession
The crocuses were first.

First to weave for Earth a chaplet
To crown her dear old head;
And to beautify the pathway
Where winter still did tread.

And their loved and white haired mother
Smiled sweetly 'neath the touch,
When she knew her faithful children
Were loving her so much.

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Post by tovarisch » April 8th, 2018, 9:48 pm

Spring is in the air... We already got several clumps of croci enjoying the breeze at the edge of the lawn... Not that I'm into that kind of thing... :lol:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/crocuses_harper_vb_128kb.mp3 1:50

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Post by Newgatenovelist » April 10th, 2018, 6:28 am

Cool, thanks for adopting this suggestion! I hope spring is on its way for you.
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/crocuses_harper_el_128kb.mp3 (1.51)
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Post by silverquill » April 10th, 2018, 8:01 am

Ah, saw my first crocus last week shining in the snow!


https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/crocuses_harper_lcw_128kb.mp3 1:28

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Post by aradlaw » April 10th, 2018, 2:41 pm

Thank you tovarisch, Erin and Larry. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » April 11th, 2018, 2:15 pm

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by RajVO » April 11th, 2018, 10:41 pm

Hi David,
Here's my recording of Crocuses.
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/crocuses_harper_raj_128kb.mp3
Length is 1:43.
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Post by aradlaw » April 12th, 2018, 5:39 am

Thank you Raj. :thumbs:
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Post by RajVO » April 12th, 2018, 8:22 am

aradlaw wrote:
April 12th, 2018, 5:39 am
Thank you Raj. :thumbs:
My pleasue, David!
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Post by iBeScotty » April 12th, 2018, 9:11 am

Lovely poem. It is smelling like spring around here in NorCal.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/crocuses_harper_sws_128kb.mp3
1:34
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Post by aradlaw » April 12th, 2018, 12:16 pm

Thank you Scotty. :thumbs:
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Post by SkipCorris » April 13th, 2018, 5:53 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/crocuses_harper_td_128kb.mp3

Still not puttin' away my snow shovel!
Here's mine, coming in at 01.38
Best to you all.
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Post by aradlaw » April 13th, 2018, 6:07 am

TomDaley wrote:
April 13th, 2018, 5:53 am
Still not puttin' away my snow shovel!
Thanks Tom :thumbs: It does not look good up here this weekend.
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