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Post by aradlaw » June 23rd, 2019, 6:27 am

The Joyful Widower by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796).

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Most of this song is by Burns: his fancy was fierce with images of matrimonial joy or infelicity, and he had them ever ready at the call of the muse. It was first printed in the Musical Museum.] (text )
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Most of this song is by Burns: his fancy was fierce with images of matrimonial joy or infelicity, and he had them ever ready at the call of the muse. It was first printed in the Musical Museum.]

I.

I married with a scolding wife
The fourteenth of November;
She made me weary of my life,
By one unruly member.
Long did I bear the heavy yoke,
And many griefs attended;
But to my comfort be it spoke,
Now, now her life is ended.
II.

We liv’d full one-and-twenty years
A man and wife together;
At length from me her course she steer’d,
And gone I know not whither:
Would I could guess, I do profess,
I speak, and do not flatter,
Of all the woman in the world,
I never could come at her.
III.

Her body is bestowed well,
A handsome grave does hide her;
But sure her soul is not in hell,
The deil would ne’er abide her.
I rather think she is aloft,
And imitating thunder;
For why,—methinks I hear her voice
Tearing the clouds asunder.


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Post by tovarisch » June 23rd, 2019, 6:55 am

David,

Should we read the preamble ("Most of this song...") before the actual poem?
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    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by KevinS » June 23rd, 2019, 7:24 am

How do we pronounce 'deil'?

Hahaha! I'm not close enough to Scotland to know!

EDIT: I found it! It's pronounced like 'deal'! (Well, that's what the Internet tells me.)
E agora, José?

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Post by KevinS » June 23rd, 2019, 7:57 am

E agora, José?

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Post by aradlaw » June 23rd, 2019, 6:25 pm

tovarisch wrote:
June 23rd, 2019, 6:55 am
David,

Should we read the preamble ("Most of this song...") before the actual poem?
Yes, please do. :)
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Post by aradlaw » June 23rd, 2019, 6:28 pm

Thank you Kevin. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » June 24th, 2019, 7:29 pm

Than you Lee Ann. :thumbs:
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Post by NarratorJ » June 26th, 2019, 8:43 am

feedback / constructive criticism appreciated

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Post by pschempf » June 26th, 2019, 6:34 pm

David -

Here's mine for this week. I have new computer so please take a look at my specs and see if I have this set up properly.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/joyfulwidower_burns_ps_128kb.mp3
track length: 1:27
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Post by Horner94 » June 26th, 2019, 6:43 pm

Below is my audio recording ready for PLing:
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/joyfulwidower_burns_cjph_128kb.mp3 Time: 01:28
Kind regards,
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Post by aradlaw » June 28th, 2019, 6:42 am

Thank you J, Phil (new set up is fine), Chad and Larry. :thumbs:
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Post by pschempf » June 28th, 2019, 8:43 am

Thanks for checking David. Checker helped me stay on the right path.
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