COMPLETE [Fortnightly Poem] The Ballad of the Oysterman by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. - dl

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Post by aradlaw » March 9th, 2018, 8:39 pm

The Ballad of the Oysterman by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809 - 1894).

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from THE POETICAL WORKS OF OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
TO MY READERS
NAY, blame me not; I might have spared
Your patience many a trivial verse,
Yet these my earlier welcome shared,
So, let the better shield the worse.
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The Ballad of the Oysterman by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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IT was a tall young oysterman lived by the river-side,
His shop was just upon the bank, his boat was on the tide;
The daughter of a fisherman, that was so straight and slim,
Lived over on the other bank, right opposite to him.

It was the pensive oysterman that saw a lovely maid,
Upon a moonlight evening, a sitting in the shade;
He saw her wave her handkerchief, as much as if to say,
"I 'm wide awake, young oysterman, and all the folks away."

Then up arose the oysterman, and to himself said he,
"I guess I 'll leave the skiff at home, for fear that folks should see
I read it in the story-book, that, for to kiss his dear,
Leander swam the Hellespont,—and I will swim this here."

And he has leaped into the waves, and crossed the shining stream,
And he has clambered up the bank, all in the moonlight gleam;
Oh there were kisses sweet as dew, and words as soft as rain,—
But they have heard her father's step, and in he leaps again!

Out spoke the ancient fisherman,—"Oh, what was that, my daughter?"
"'T was nothing but a pebble, sir, I threw into the water."
"And what is that, pray tell me, love, that paddles off so fast?"
"It's nothing but a porpoise, sir, that 's been a swimming past."

Out spoke the ancient fisherman,—"Now bring me my harpoon!
I'll get into my fishing-boat, and fix the fellow soon."
Down fell that pretty innocent, as falls a snow-white lamb,
Her hair drooped round her pallid cheeks, like sea-weed on a clam.

Alas for those two loving ones! she waked not from her swound,
And he was taken with the cramp, and in the waves was drowned;
But Fate has metamorphosed them, in pity of their woe,
And now they keep an oyster-shop for mermaids down below.

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Post by tovarisch » March 11th, 2018, 12:29 pm

OK, I'll start this fortnight...

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/oysterman_holmes_vb_128kb.mp3 2:57

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Post by aradlaw » March 12th, 2018, 8:59 am

Thank you tovarisch. :thumbs:
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Post by pschempf » March 12th, 2018, 6:55 pm

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Post by RajVO » March 13th, 2018, 9:16 pm

Hi David,
Here's my recording of Oysterman, for PL.
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/oysterman_holmes_raj_128kb.mp3
Duration is 2:38.
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Post by aradlaw » March 14th, 2018, 6:15 pm

Thank you Phil, Larry, Bruce and Raj. :thumbs:
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Post by RajVO » March 14th, 2018, 9:33 pm

Thank you, David!
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Post by TahirihO » March 15th, 2018, 1:00 pm

Hi All-
I'm a Newbie
Here is my first recording.
File duration: 02m41s
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/_oysterman_holmes_to_128kb.mp3

-Tahirih

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Post by aradlaw » March 15th, 2018, 2:23 pm

Thank you Tahirih, good first reading. :D
All the specs are correct, I've fixed the filename - there was an extra underscore _ in there. :wink:

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Post by TahirihO » March 15th, 2018, 5:20 pm

Thank You!

I'd like to appear in the LV catalog under the name Tahirih Ogunfiditimi.

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Post by GregGiordano » March 16th, 2018, 2:58 am

Here is my contribution to this project:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/oysterman_holmes_gg_128kb.mp3

Time is 2:53

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Post by aradlaw » March 16th, 2018, 6:39 am

TahirihO wrote:
March 15th, 2018, 5:20 pm
....I'd like to appear in the LV catalog under the name Tahirih Ogunfiditimi.
Done Tahirih.

Thank's for your reading Greg. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » March 16th, 2018, 6:40 am

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