COMPLETE [Weekly New Year's Poem] Blood Road by Katharine Lee Bates - dl

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Post by aradlaw » December 29th, 2018, 7:57 pm

Blood Road by Katharine Lee Bates (1859 - 1929).

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Katharine Lee Bates was an American writer, poet, professor, and social activist. Although she was a renowned author and professor during her lifetime, today she is primarily remembered as the author of the words to the anthem "America the Beautiful". For 25 years, she lived with her long-time friend and companion, Katharine Coman.
This poem taken from 'America the beautiful and other poems' 1911. ( Wikipedia)
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The Old Year groaned as he trudged away,
His guilty shadow black on the snow,
And the heart of the glad New Year turned grey
At the road Time bade him go.

"O Gaffer Time, is it blood-road still?
Is the noontide dark as the stormy morn?
Is man's will yet as a wild beast's will?
When shall the Christ be born?"

He laughed as he answered, grim Gaffer Time,
Whose laugh is sadder than all men's moan.
"That name rides high on our wrath and crime,
For the Light in darkness shone.

"And thou, fair youngling, wilt mend the tale?"
The New Year stared on the misty wold,
Where at foot of a cross all lustrous pale
Men raged for their gods of gold.

"Come back, Old Year, with thy burden bent.
Come back and settle thine own dark debt."
"Nay, let me haste where the years repent,
For I've seen what I would forget."

"And I, the first of a stately train,
The tramp of a century heard behind,
Must I be fouled with thy murder-stain?
Is there no pure path to find?"

The Old Year sneered as he limped away
To the place of his penance dim and far.
The New Year stood in the gates of day,
Crowned with the morning star.

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Post by NemoR » December 29th, 2018, 10:16 pm

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Post by Foon » December 30th, 2018, 6:17 am

Foon - Please correct my pronunciation!

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Post by aradlaw » December 30th, 2018, 12:55 pm

Thank you Nemo and Foon, a great start to the new Year. :thumbs:
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Post by tovarisch » December 30th, 2018, 1:31 pm

David, in the fourth stanza you have a typo:
"And thou, fair youngling, wilt mend the tale?"
The New Year stared on the misty word,
Where at foot of a cross all lustrous pale
Men raged for their gods of gold.
The text has wold there.

ETA: I see you've fixed it now. Great! Thank you.
Last edited by tovarisch on December 31st, 2018, 6:29 am, edited 1 time in total.
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    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by Endellion » December 30th, 2018, 5:44 pm

Hi,

My link is https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/bloodroad_bates_tcm_128kb.mp3 and it is 1:48 long.

This is my first reading project so I hope it's okay. The name I would like in the catalogue is Tasha C Mapes if possible. Can I have a Twitter url attached? https://twitter.com/dragonsoulpub

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Post by aradlaw » December 31st, 2018, 7:09 am

Thank you Tasha, good first reading. :thumbs:
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Post by Endellion » December 31st, 2018, 9:43 am

I downloaded the checker and amplified my audio in Audacity. I used the same filename and uploaded the edited mp3. It says it is 90.1 dbs now. Thanks :)
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/bloodroad_bates_tcm_128kb.mp3

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Post by aradlaw » December 31st, 2018, 9:49 am

Thanks for the edit Tasha :D
FYI, the first file gets renamed (not overwritten) when a second is uploaded, so the first is available if necessary.
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Post by Endellion » December 31st, 2018, 9:53 am

Oh, okay, But I use the same filename right? Sorry, I'm still figuring it out! Thanks :)

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Post by aradlaw » January 1st, 2019, 6:33 am

Thank you Lee Ann. :thumbs: hAPPY nEW yEAR.
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Post by melaniebjensen » January 1st, 2019, 10:59 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/bloodroad_bates_mbj_128kb.mp3

This is my first ever actual recording past the 1-minute test! Whoooooooo!!

Mine came in at 1:29

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Post by aradlaw » January 1st, 2019, 12:05 pm

Welcome to LibriVox Melanie, good first reading. :thumbs:

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