COMPLETE [Fortnightly Poem] A Bachelor to a Married Flirt by Ella Wheeler Wilcox - dl

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Post by aradlaw » February 20th, 2018, 4:12 pm

A Bachelor to a Married Flirt by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 - 1919).

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was "Solitude", which contains the lines "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone". Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death.
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A Bachelor to a Married Flirt by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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All that a man can say of woman’s charms,
Mine eyes have spoken and my lips have told
To you a thousand times. Your perfect arms
(A replica from that lost Melos mould),
The fair firm crescents of your bosom (shown
With full intent to make their splendours known),

Your eyes (that mask with innocence their smile),
The (artful) artlessness of all your ways,
Your kiss-provoking mouth, its lure, its guile—
All these have had my fond and frequent praise.
And something more than praise to you I gave—
Something which made you know me as your slave.

Yet slaves, at times, grow mutinous and rebel.
Here in this morning hour, from you apart,
The mood is on me to be frank and tell
The thoughts long hidden deep down in my heart.
These thoughts are bitter—thorny plants, that grew
Below the flowers of praise I plucked for you.

Those flowery praises led you to suppose
You were my benefactor. Well, in truth,
When lovely woman on dull man bestows
Sweet favours of her beauty and her youth,
He is her debtor. I am yours: and yet
You robbed me while you placed me thus in debt.

I owe you for keen moments when you stirred
My senses with your beauty, when your eyes
(Your wanton eyes) belied the prudent word
Your curled lips uttered. You are worldly wise,
And while you like to set men’s hearts on flame,
You take no risks in that old passion-game.

The carnal, common self of dual me
Found pleasure in this danger play of yours.
(An egotist, man always thinks to be
The victor, if his patience but endures,
And holds in leash the hounds of fierce desire,
Until the silly woman’s heart takes fire.)

But now it is the Higher Self who speaks—
The Me of me—the inner Man—the real—
Whoever dreams his dream and ever seeks
To bring to earth his beautiful ideal.
That lifelong dream with all its promised joy
Your soft bedevilments have helped destroy.

Woman, how can I hope for happy life
In days to come at my own nuptial hearth,
When you who bear the honoured name of wife
So lightly hold the dearest gifts of earth?
Descending from your pedestal, alas!
You shake the pedestals of all your class.

A vain, flirtatious wife is like a thief
Who breaks into the temple of men’s souls,
And steals the golden vessels of belief,
The swinging censers, and the incense bowls.
All women seem less loyal and less true,
Less worthy of men’s faith since I met you.

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Post by aradlaw » February 25th, 2018, 3:19 pm

A new flirtatious fortnightly poem is now available here!
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Post by rrobinson84 » February 25th, 2018, 7:29 pm

I'll give this one a go!
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Post by aradlaw » February 26th, 2018, 6:58 am

rrobinson84 wrote:
February 25th, 2018, 7:29 pm
I'll give this one a go!
Thanks Robert, all are welcome to read :D ... no need to claim, just follow the steps in the opening post. :wink:
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Post by rrobinson84 » February 26th, 2018, 2:27 pm

Reading posted...

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File Duration: 03:04
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Post by aradlaw » February 26th, 2018, 2:38 pm

Thank you Robert. :thumbs:
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Post by RajVO » February 26th, 2018, 11:11 pm

Hi David,
This is my recording of the Fortnightly poem: :)
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/bachelor_wilcox_raj_128kb.mp3
Length is 3:43.
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Post by aradlaw » February 27th, 2018, 7:18 am

Thank you Raj. :thumbs:
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Post by RajVO » February 27th, 2018, 9:46 am

aradlaw wrote:
February 27th, 2018, 7:18 am
Thank you Raj. :thumbs:
My pleasure, David!
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Post by LenXZ1 » February 28th, 2018, 12:38 pm

Here is my version of this bitter poem. Wilcox does an excellent job of conveying the passionate acrimony of a baffled male cruelly misled by the deceitful wiles of an indifferently false wife.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/bachelor_wilcox_llw_128kb.mp3
Duration: 4:07

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Post by aradlaw » March 1st, 2018, 12:46 pm

Thank you Len. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » March 2nd, 2018, 1:48 pm

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by tovarisch » March 3rd, 2018, 7:33 am

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    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by aradlaw » March 3rd, 2018, 3:33 pm

Thank you tovarisch. :thumbs:
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