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Post by aradlaw » December 28th, 2017, 6:41 am

The Old Year and The New by William Henry Rhodes (1822 - 1876).

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William Henry Rhodes will long be remembered by his contemporaries at the Bar of California as a man of rare genius, exemplary habits, high honor, and gentle manners, with wit and humor unexcelled. His writings are illumined by powerful fancy, scientific knowledge, and a reasoning power which gave to his most weird imaginations the similitude of truth and the apparel of facts. W.H.L.B. (from the In Memorandum of the book) ( )
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The Old Year and The New by William Henry Rhodes, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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Then read the poem:
One more flutter of time's restless wing,
One more furrow in the forehead of spring;
One more step in the journey of fate,
One more ember gone out in life's grate;
One more gray hair in the head of the sage,
One more round in the ladder of age;
One leaf more in the volume of doom,
And one span less in the march to the tomb,
Since brothers, we gathered around bowl and tree,
And Santa Claus welcomed with frolic and glee.

How has thy life been speeding
Since Aurora, at the dawn,
Peeped within thy portals, leading
The babe year, newly born?

Has thy soul been scorched by sorrow,
Has some spectre nestled there?
And with every new to-morrow,
Sowed the seeds of fresh despair?
Rise from thy grief, my brothers!
Burst its chain with strength sublime,
For behold! I bring another,
And a fairer child of time.

Has the year brought health and riches?
Have thy barns been brimming o'er?
Will thy stature fit the niches
Hewn for Hercules of yore?
Are thy muscles firm as granite?
Are thy thousands safe and sound?
Behold! the rolling planet
Starts on a nobler round.

But perhaps across thy vision
Death had cast its shadow there,
And thy home, once all elysian,
Now crapes an empty chair;
Or happier, thy dominions,
Spreading broad and deep and strong,
Re-echo 'neath love's pinions
To a pretty cradle song!

Whate'er thy fortunes, brother!
God's blessing on your head;
Joy for the living mother,
Peace with the loving dead.

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Post by tovarisch » December 29th, 2017, 1:51 pm

I'll start again...

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/ol ... _128kb.mp3. 2:33

Thank you!
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Post by aradlaw » December 30th, 2017, 5:29 pm

Thank you tovarisch, Allan and Craig. :thumbs:
HAPPY NEW YEAR. Image
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Post by brucek » December 30th, 2017, 6:48 pm

Here's mine at 3:02

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/ol ... _128kb.mp3

Happy New Year, David.

~~~~~
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Post by aradlaw » December 30th, 2017, 8:14 pm

Happy New Year Bruce, thanks. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » January 3rd, 2018, 10:41 am

Here's my recording, could someone please PL for me ?
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/ol ... _128kb.mp3
2:25
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Post by tovarisch » January 3rd, 2018, 2:42 pm

David,

Your volume is at 101.2 dB, and it's in stereo. It's severely distorted. I strongly recommend re-recording.

Other PL notes:

@0:41 I hear "around the bowl and tree", the text is "around bowl and tree"
@1:44 I hear "death has cast", the text is "death had cast"

The final silence seems longer than 5 seconds, but probably OK.
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Post by aradlaw » January 3rd, 2018, 4:06 pm

Thanks tovarisch; very strange, those poor specs were not visible in Audacity as I was recording. I did three other readings with the same processing and they came out fine. (I just checked).
Take two..
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/ol ... _128kb.mp3
2:20
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Post by tovarisch » January 3rd, 2018, 6:15 pm

Weird... Did you try loading the first recording into Audacity after it was exported?

Anyway, your new reading is great! PL OK! :thumbs:
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Post by Algy Pug » January 4th, 2018, 1:58 am

Algy Pug

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Post by Veggrower » January 4th, 2018, 12:24 pm

Hi David - here's my version:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/oldyear_rhodes_gb_128kb.mp3

...with a length of 2:28. Thanks a lot,

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Post by aradlaw » January 4th, 2018, 1:41 pm

Thank you Algy and Garth. :thumbs: Now to find out why the MW is not working.
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Post by tovarisch » January 4th, 2018, 1:45 pm

Thumbs icon is not working either, but it's a minor thing.
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