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Post by aradlaw » January 6th, 2019, 11:44 am

A Snow Storm by T.F. Young ( - 1940).

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Pedantic critics may find fault with my modest productions, and perhaps justly, in regard to grammatical construction, and mechanical arrangement, but I shall be satisfied, if the public discern a vein of true poetry glittering here and there through what I have just written. The public are the final judges of compositions of this sort, and not the writer himself, or his personal friends. It is they, therefore, who must decide whether these humble attempts of my 'prentice hand, shall be numbered with writings that have been forgotten, or whether their author shall be encouraged to strike his lyre in a higher key, to accompany his Muse, while she tries to sing in a loftier strain.

THE AUTHOR.
PORT ALBERT, March, 1887.
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I hear the wintry wind again,
I see the blinding snow,
Pil'd high, by eddying winds, in heaps,
No matter where I go.

The storm is raging hard, without;
But let us not complain,
For fiercely tho' it rages now,
A calm will come again.

And, though the wildly raging storm
Makes all things bleak and bare,
Beside the fire we brave it well,
And closer draw our chair.

In social fellowship, our hearts
With kindly thoughts grow warm;
Then is there not a pleasant side,
E'en to a raging storm?

And when the angry storm has calm'd,
As ev'ry storm must do,
Then, sure, the tempest's handiwork,
Has pleasant features, too.

An artist's eye would look around,
Upon these calmer days,
And view the pure white heaps of snow,
With pleas'd and puzzl'd gaze.

Like purest marble, deftly carv'd,
They stretch o'er vale and hill,
Fair monuments, not made by man,
But rear'd by nature's skill.

The sweeping curve, the graceful arch,
The line so firm and free;
A skilful sculptor well might say:
"Can this teach aught to me?"

The trees are rob'd in purest white,
And gleaming atoms shine
From out the snow, beneath the sun,
Like stones from Ophir's mine.

The merry shouts of busy men
Sound, as they dig the snow;
And, when the way is clear, the bells
With joyful jingle, go.

Then who shall say the tempest's work
Brings more of pain than joy;
Or that the evil things, to us
Are pain, without alloy?

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Post by tovarisch » January 6th, 2019, 12:35 pm

Been waiting for a while for it... Nope, still no real snow in New England this season. :?

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/snowstorm_young_vb_128kb.mp3 2:40

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Post by NemoR » January 6th, 2019, 1:20 pm

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Post by aradlaw » January 6th, 2019, 2:09 pm

Thank you tovarish and Nemo. :thumbs:

tovarish, our snow is mostly melted away.
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Post by aradlaw » January 6th, 2019, 6:44 pm

Here is my reading, could someone please PL.
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/snowstorm_young_vb_128kb.mp3
2:15
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Post by TriciaG » January 6th, 2019, 7:00 pm

David - in working on the author database, I learn that this is T. F. (Thomas Frederick) Young, not F. T. Young.

I've changed it in your first post, but the recorded poems will need to be fixed. :?
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Post by tovarisch » January 6th, 2019, 7:03 pm

Hi David,

Here are PL notes for your otherwise great reading:

At 1:29 you read "might well say", the text is "well might say".
At 2:00 you read "or what the evil", the text is "or that the evil".
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Post by tovarisch » January 6th, 2019, 7:04 pm

TriciaG wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 7:00 pm
David - in working on the author database, I learn that this is T. F. (Thomas Frederick) Young, not F. T. Young.

I've changed it in your first post, but the recorded poems will need to be fixed. :?
I'll get right on it...
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Post by tovarisch » January 6th, 2019, 7:10 pm

Done, uploaded, no change in running time. Please spot-check.
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Post by aradlaw » January 6th, 2019, 7:25 pm

Thank you Tricia. :oops:
Thanks for the edit tovarisch, PL OK.

Here's my edits
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/snowstorm_young_dl_128kb.mp3
new time of 2:17
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Post by NemoR » January 6th, 2019, 7:43 pm

Spot PL uploaded David!
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Post by tovarisch » January 6th, 2019, 8:19 pm

Your reading is PL OK, David! :thumbs:
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Post by sarahrejoice » January 7th, 2019, 6:39 am

Greetings. I was excited to read this one, given our newly fallen snow in Vermont today. Here is my version (2:10):
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/snowstorm_young_srb_128kb.mp3

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Post by Foon » January 7th, 2019, 8:26 am

Foon - Please correct my pronunciation!


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Post by aradlaw » January 7th, 2019, 10:39 am

Thank you Sarah and Foon. :thumbs:
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