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Post by aradlaw » June 2nd, 2018, 4:17 pm

adonis wrote:
May 23rd, 2018, 6:41 am
This doesn't seem to have been done in this format.

Pied Beauty

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Thanks Tony, this is the Weekly Poem starting tomorrow.
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Post by pschempf » June 2nd, 2018, 4:44 pm

msfry wrote:
June 2nd, 2018, 8:50 am
I think this would make a great Fortnightly or Weekly Poem, and I'd like to BC it whenever the chance comes up. Alas I know it's PD but I can't find it on Gutenberg or IA. Also, I don't see any of Channing's material on LV, but he was a prolific author, a famous Unitarian Minister.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Ellery_Channing

My Symphony

To live content with small means,
to seek elegance
rather than luxury,
and refinement
rather than fashion;
to be worthy not respectable,
and wealthy not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to stars, and birds,
to babes, and sages
with an open heart;
to bear all cheerfully,
do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never.
In a word, to let the
spiritual, unbidden and
unconscious, grow up
through the commonplace.
This is to be
my symphony
.

William Ellery Channing
Boston-born William Ellery Channing (1818 - 1901) attended Harvard, and was a prominent member of the group of Transcendentalists that included Ralph Waldo Emerson. Channing was a close friend of Henry David Thoreau, and possibly a key inspiration for Thoreau's hut-in-the-woods experiment, having lived himself in isolation for some months in a log hut. William's writing included poetry, articles, criticism, and a biography of Thoreau.
These are lines from a letter Channing wrote to a Margaret Fuller, quoted in a memoir of Channing by Octavius Brooks Frothingham. It can be found here -

https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=S6vpuBiZ5MgC&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA166

I don't think he actually published it as a poem, but it could be read that way.
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Post by aradlaw » June 2nd, 2018, 6:46 pm

Thanks for the link Phil, there is a chunk of text missing from this 'poem'. We may have to pass on this one.
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Post by msfry » June 2nd, 2018, 8:41 pm

Good sleuthing, Fritz! I enjoyed reading it, even as a paragraph. But I'll keep looking for the poem.
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Post by msfry » June 3rd, 2018, 9:30 am

Ah, look here. Wikipedia quotes the poem.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Channing

Among his inspirational writings, one piece, his "Symphony", is well-known:
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common — this is my symphony.[6]


The reference to [6] is what Fritz linked to, and I wouldn't be adverse to lifting the lines directly from that paragraph, arranged as a poem. It is a direct photocopy of the book, published in 1886.
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Post by aradlaw » June 3rd, 2018, 1:33 pm

msfry wrote:
June 3rd, 2018, 9:30 am
Ah, look here. Wikipedia quotes the poem.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Channing

Among his inspirational writings, one piece, his "Symphony", is well-known:
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common — this is my symphony.[6]


The reference to [6] is what Fritz linked to, and I wouldn't be adverse to lifting the lines directly from that paragraph, arranged as a poem. It is a direct photocopy of the book, published in 1886.
That Wikipedia quote is not the full text of the passage in question, it is not even written as a poem. LibriVox does not allow omitting parts of text.
We do not take everything at Wikipedia as gospel. :wink:
Other MCs are of the same opinion.
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Post by Algy Pug » June 4th, 2018, 1:09 am

How about this one?

Thomas Carew (1594 - 1640)

Text URL: http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/carew01.html#7

Song: Eternity of Love Protested

HOW ill doth he deserve a lover's name,
Whose pale weak flame
Cannot retain
His heat, in spite of absence or disdain;
But doth at once, like paper set on fire,
Burn and expire;
True love can never change his seat,
Nor did her ever love, that could retreat.

That noble flame which my breast keeps alive
Shall still survive
When my soul's fled;
Nor shall my love die when my body's dead,
That shall wait on me to the lower shade,
And never fade;
My very ashes in their urn
Shall, like a hallow'd lamp, forever burn.


I would be happy to BC.

Cheers
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Post by msfry » June 4th, 2018, 9:46 am

Nice poem, Algy. I look forward to participating. Of course, nowadays if you don't get a text message or Instagram every few hours, the romance is over!
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Post by aradlaw » June 4th, 2018, 11:34 am

Algy Pug wrote:
June 4th, 2018, 1:09 am
Who about this one?

Thomas Carew (1594 - 1640)

Text URL: http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/carew01.html#7

Song: Eternity of Love Protested
Good one Algy, is next week BC okay for you?
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Post by Algy Pug » June 4th, 2018, 4:51 pm

aradlaw wrote:
June 4th, 2018, 11:34 am
Algy Pug wrote:
June 4th, 2018, 1:09 am
Who about this one?

Thomas Carew (1594 - 1640)

Text URL: http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/carew01.html#7

Song: Eternity of Love Protested
Good one Algy, is next week BC okay for you?

Sure - not a problem.

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Post by Algy Pug » June 4th, 2018, 6:30 pm

msfry wrote:
June 4th, 2018, 9:46 am
Nice poem, Algy. I look forward to participating. Of course, nowadays if you don't get a text message or Instagram every few hours, the romance is over!

Well, I am not on Instagram (or Twitter - I don't think Donald Trump needs to talk to me) and have to be reminded constantly to check my text messages. Maybe this is why I am still married.

However, the v/o-mance with Librivox colleagues is much more enduring.

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Post by Newgatenovelist » June 7th, 2018, 8:04 am

Hello David,

I ought to have proposed this earlier. As June is Pride Month, would a bit of Michael Field hit the spot? 'Visiting Stars' is a reasonable length for a weekly project, although 'Fellowship' at the end of the book is also nice:
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.l0060273208;view=1up;seq=98

Dian, the summer Moon, her stars hath led
Down the still greyness of the heat to shine
As disc on disc of bowering eglantine,
Through the recesses of her forest spread.

The pale troops of her night are in the shade
Under the oak-trees, cool and scattered far;
In starred and starrier paths each ancient star
Breathes as a white rose of an inmost glade.

She wills her constellations, set remote,
Should once at least be rural in the year,
As she ’mid her green country. Mortals note

Their camps are as a firmament, and there
Banished, but sweet of chequer as on high,
Through squirrel-threaded roof they dream the sky.


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Post by msfry » June 7th, 2018, 8:22 am

Algy Pug wrote:
June 4th, 2018, 6:30 pm
However, the v/o-mance with Librivox colleagues is much more enduring.
VOmance. Good-un! A whole new way to describe a relationship with Librivox! Especially on a chatty forum like this one. :D
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Post by aradlaw » June 7th, 2018, 9:38 am

Newgatenovelist wrote:
June 7th, 2018, 8:04 am
Hello David,

I ought to have proposed this earlier. As June is Pride Month, would a bit of Michael Field hit the spot? 'Visiting Stars' is a reasonable length for a weekly project, although 'Fellowship' at the end of the book is also nice:
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.l0060273208;view=1up;seq=98

Erin
Thanks Erin,
This this Michael Field the pseudonym of Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper of Katharine Harris Bradley and Edith Emma Cooper, or another Michael Field ?
We can get this in before the end of June. :D
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Post by Newgatenovelist » June 7th, 2018, 12:33 pm

aradlaw wrote:
June 7th, 2018, 9:38 am
This this Michael Field the pseudonym of Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper of Katharine Harris Bradley and Edith Emma Cooper, or another Michael Field ?
That's the one! Or rather, they are the ones!

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