Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many Librivox volunteers as possible!
This week we'll be reading Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold. The poem can be found online at: http://www.bartleby.com/246/420.html
Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
THE SEA is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits;—on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanch’d sand,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.
Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Ægæan, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.
The sea of faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl’d.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-winds, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.
Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confus’d alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
(BC admin link)
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"Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold, read for librivox.org, by [your name]" or some variation on that, adding date, location, your personal url, if you wish.
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File name all in lowercase: dover_beach_arnold_[your initials].mp3
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Title: Dover Beach - Read by [your initials]
Artist: Matthew Arnold
Album: LibriVox Weekly Poetry
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