COMPLETE [Fortnightly Poem] The Voice Of The Banjo by Paul Laurence Dunbarr - dl

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Post by aradlaw » November 2nd, 2019, 11:44 am

The Voice Of The Banjo by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906).

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What struck me in reading Mr. Dunbar's poetry was what had already struck his friends in Ohio and Indiana, in Kentucky and Illinois. They had felt, as I felt, that however gifted his race had proven itself in music, in oratory, in several of the other arts, here was the first instance of an American negro who had evinced innate distinction in literature. In my criticism of his book ... So far as I could remember, Paul Dunbar was the only man of pure African blood and of American civilization to feel the negro life aesthetically and express it lyrically. (W. D. HOWELLS from the Introduction to Lyrics of Lowly Life) ( )
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In a small and lonely cabin out of noisy traffic's way,
Sat an old man, bent and feeble, dusk of face, and hair of gray,
And beside him on the table, battered, old, and worn as he,
Lay a banjo, droning forth this reminiscent melody:

"Night is closing in upon us, friend of mine, but don't be sad;
Let us think of all the pleasures and the joys that we have had.
Let us keep a merry visage, and be happy till the last,
Let the future still be sweetened with the honey of the past.

"For I speak to you of summer nights upon the yellow sand,
When the Southern moon was sailing high and silvering all the land;
And if love tales were not sacred, there's a tale that I could tell
Of your many nightly wanderings with a dusk and lovely belle.

"And I speak to you of care-free songs when labour's hour was o'er,
And a woman waiting for your step outside the cabin door,
And of something roly-poly that you took upon your lap,
While you listened for the stumbling, hesitating words, 'Pap, pap.'

"I could tell you of a 'possum hunt across the wooded grounds,
I could call to mind the sweetness of the baying of the hounds,
You could lift me up and smelling of the timber that 's in me,
Build again a whole green forest with the mem'ry of a tree.

"So the future cannot hurt us while we keep the past in mind,
What care I for trembling fingers,—what care you that you are blind?
Time may leave us poor and stranded, circumstance may make us bend;
But they 'll only find us mellower, won't they, comrade?—in the end."


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Post by NemoR » November 3rd, 2019, 4:19 pm

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Post by Horner94 » November 3rd, 2019, 4:38 pm

Hello!
Here is my recording ready for PL'ing: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/voiceofthebanjo_dunbar_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 02:07
Kind regards,
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Post by aradlaw » November 3rd, 2019, 8:45 pm

Thank you Nemo and Chad. :thumbs:
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Post by erieston » November 4th, 2019, 10:17 am

If a Deaf person swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap? :lol:

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Post by andyglover » November 4th, 2019, 4:23 pm

The Voice of the Banjo by Paul Laurence Dunbarr (2:18)
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-Andy :)

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Post by aradlaw » November 5th, 2019, 7:13 pm

Thank you Graham and Andy. :thumbs:

Erin, you may wish to correct the line at 0:55, you've read "And if love tales were not scared, there's a ..."
text reads "And if love tales were not sacred, there's a... "
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Post by Peter Why » November 6th, 2019, 1:23 am

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Post by aradlaw » November 6th, 2019, 8:20 am

Thank you Peter. :thumbs:
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Post by Algy Pug » November 6th, 2019, 4:34 pm

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Post by aradlaw » November 6th, 2019, 7:18 pm

Thank you Anita, Algy and Joseph. :thumbs:
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