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Post by msfry » February 3rd, 2019, 4:47 pm

A Psalm Of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882).

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This poem was first published in the October 1838 issue of The Knickerbocker, a New York City magazine. It then appeared in Longfellow's first published book of poems, Voices Of The Night, in 1839. It is an upbeat psalmists answer to the biblical psalm that we are but dust heading for the grave, urging us instead to be heroic, to make the most of our lives, and set a good example for others to follow. (Summary by Michele Fry)
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A Psalm Of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal url.]
Then read the poem:
What the heart of the young man said to the Psalmist:

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,—act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;—

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

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Last edited by msfry on February 16th, 2019, 10:02 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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Post by pschempf » February 3rd, 2019, 5:16 pm

Hi Michele -

Do you want the title and author repeated or just read once and start the poem at "What the heart..."?
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Post by msfry » February 3rd, 2019, 5:35 pm

Thanks for pointing out the duplication. It's fixed now.
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Post by tovarisch » February 3rd, 2019, 6:59 pm

Those who know will use the Archive (the source), but just in case somebody decides to read from your post, Michele, please remove the extraneous characters from it:
...
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife! A_Psalm of_Life
...
Thanks!
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Post by TriciaG » February 3rd, 2019, 7:10 pm

Since you're already getting recordings, I've set up the MW for you. David can clean up any mess I made when he's around. :)

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Post by NemoR » February 3rd, 2019, 7:20 pm

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Post by aradlaw » February 3rd, 2019, 7:37 pm

TriciaG wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 7:10 pm
Since you're already getting recordings, I've set up the MW for you. David can clean up any mess I made when he's around. :)
Thanks Tricia, is there a way of adding more MW sections in bulk, once the original # is set? (only way I know of is add sections one at a time)
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Post by NemoR » February 3rd, 2019, 7:49 pm

Good catch tovarisch!!! ... I did not even notice!

I revised my version ..now at 2:17 ...

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/psalmoflife_longfellow_nr_128kb.mp3
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Post by msfry » February 3rd, 2019, 8:28 pm

tovarisch wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 6:59 pm
Those who know will use the Archive (the source), but just in case somebody decides to read from your post, Michele, please remove the extraneous characters from it:
...
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife! A_Psalm of_Life
...
Thanks!
I thought that looked suspicious, but hadn't processed it yet. Good catch. Fixed now, with only poor Nemo victimized!
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Post by msfry » February 3rd, 2019, 8:38 pm

aradlaw wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 7:37 pm
TriciaG wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 7:10 pm
Since you're already getting recordings, I've set up the MW for you. David can clean up any mess I made when he's around. :)
Thanks Tricia, is there a way of adding more MW sections in bulk, once the original # is set? (only way I know of is add sections one at a time)
I see no big rush on setting up the MW for my Fortnightlies. The pieces are short and easy to PL. It would be a problem if the MW wasn't in place by Thursday or Friday though, especially for a weekly poem. The number David starts with has been 20, and usually doesn't exceed that in my experience. Always hoping or more, though. :)

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Post by TriciaG » February 4th, 2019, 6:15 am

No, no "bulk add sections" function. The original project, when I entered the code, had zero for the number of sections, so I just dumped in a number, figuring Michele could add them pretty easily as people contributed. :)

Ah, well. Carry on...

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Post by NemoR » February 4th, 2019, 10:11 am

msfry wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 8:28 pm

I thought that looked suspicious, but hadn't processed it yet. Good catch. Fixed now, with only poor Nemo victimized!
Ha! .. no worries Michele, it was an easy edit! .... however, it looks like you caught poor Graham as well :(
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Post by msfry » February 4th, 2019, 1:54 pm

Thanks Nemo and Graham as first contributors, alas, guinea pigs (sorry to have included that superfluous line, now removed! When I copied the text from the webpage, it added in the title of the poem at that spot. I never thought to check for that.

Graham, please delete "a psalm of life" at 1:15, and your bitrate needs to be set at 128kb.
Nemo you are PL OK.
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Post by msfry » February 4th, 2019, 3:16 pm

Here's my rendition:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/psalmoflife_longfellow_mtf_128kb.mp3 1:56

And who will do me the honors? Nemo?
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