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Post by aradlaw » January 12th, 2018, 12:36 pm

Frost at Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834).

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He wrote the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as the major prose work Biographia Literaria.

Throughout his adult life Coleridge had crippling bouts of anxiety and depression; it has been speculated that he had bipolar disorder, which had not been defined during his lifetime. He was physically unhealthy, which may have stemmed from a bout of rheumatic fever and other childhood illnesses. He was treated for these conditions with laudanum, which fostered a lifelong opium addiction. ( Wikipedia)
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The Frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cry
Came loud—and hark, again! loud as before.
The inmates of my cottage, all at rest,
Have left me to that solitude, which suits
Abstruser musings: save that at my side
My cradled infant slumbers peacefully.
'Tis calm indeed! so calm that it disturbs
And vexes meditation with its strange
And extreme silentness. Sea, hill, and wood,
This populous village! Sea, and hill, and wood,
With all the numberless goings-on of life,
Inaudible as dreams! the thin blue flame
Lies on my low-burnt fire, and quivers not;
Only that film, which fluttered on the grate,
Still flutters there, the sole unquiet thing.
Methinks, its motion in this hush of nature
Gives it dim sympathies with me who live,
Making it a companionable form,
Whose puny flaps and freaks the idling Spirit
By its own moods interprets, every where
Echo or mirror seeking of itself,
And makes a toy of Thought.

But O! how oft,
How oft, at school, with most believing mind,
Presageful, have I gazed upon the bars,
To watch that fluttering stranger! and as oft
With unclosed lids, already had I dreamt
Of my sweet birth-place, and the old church-tower,
Whose bells, the poor man's only music, rang
From morn to evening, all the hot Fair-day,
So sweetly, that they stirred and haunted me
With a wild pleasure, falling on mine ear
Most like articulate sounds of things to come!
So gazed I, till the soothing things, I dreamt,
Lulled me to sleep, and sleep prolonged my dreams!
And so I brooded all the following morn,
Awed by the stern preceptor's face, mine eye
Fixed with mock study on my swimming book:
Save if the door half opened, and I snatched
A hasty glance, and still my heart leaped up,
For still I hoped to see the stranger's face,
Townsman, or aunt, or sister more beloved,
My play-mate when we both were clothed alike!
Dear Babe, that sleepest cradled by my side,
Whose gentle breathings, heard in this deep calm,
Fill up the intersperséd vacancies
And momentary pauses of the thought!
My babe so beautiful! it thrills my heart
With tender gladness, thus to look at thee,
And think that thou shalt learn far other lore,
And in far other scenes! For I was reared
In the great city, pent 'mid cloisters dim,
And saw nought lovely but the sky and stars.
But thou, my babe! shalt wander like a breeze
By lakes and sandy shores, beneath the crags
Of ancient mountain, and beneath the clouds,
Which image in their bulk both lakes and shores
And mountain crags: so shalt thou see and hear
The lovely shapes and sounds intelligible
Of that eternal language, which thy God
Utters, who from eternity doth teach
Himself in all, and all things in himself.
Great universal Teacher! he shall mould
Thy spirit, and by giving make it ask.

Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.


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Post by NemoR » January 15th, 2018, 12:31 pm

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Post by aradlaw » January 16th, 2018, 12:58 pm

Thank you Nemo. :thumbs:
I figured with the weather here about it was time for this theme. :P
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Post by anneflebari » January 18th, 2018, 8:05 pm

Recorded this on 30degree C summer day(86F!) cheers, Anne https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/frost_coleridge_af_128kb.mp3 4 m 32s

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Post by aradlaw » January 18th, 2018, 8:20 pm

Thank you Annie. :thumbs:
PLed on a -7 C winter's evening.
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Post by aradlaw » January 19th, 2018, 9:03 pm

Thank you VBV. :thumbs:
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Post by Newgatenovelist » January 20th, 2018, 2:45 pm

This is such a serene poem, but I'll still be glad when it warms up!
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/frost_coleridge_el_128kb.mp3
(5.40)
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Post by aradlaw » January 20th, 2018, 3:56 pm

Thank you Erin. :D
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Post by Algy Pug » January 20th, 2018, 5:56 pm

Here mine, from a very unfrosty Perth(Western Australia):

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/frost_coleridge_alp_128kb.mp3
4:53

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Post by aradlaw » January 20th, 2018, 7:34 pm

Thank you Algy. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » January 21st, 2018, 11:03 am

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Post by aradlaw » January 25th, 2018, 3:04 pm

Thank you Larry. :thumbs:
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Post by WiltedScribe » January 27th, 2018, 1:38 pm

Here is my rendition of this classic:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/frost_coleridge_tp_128kb.mp3 (5:06)
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