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Post by aradlaw » January 28th, 2017, 4:59 pm

To His Coy Mistress (version 2) by Andrew Marvell (1621 - 1678).

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Andrew Marvell was an English metaphysical poet, satirist and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1659 and 1678. During the Commonwealth period he was a colleague and friend of John Milton. His poems range from the love-song "To His Coy Mistress", to evocations of an aristocratic country house and garden in "Upon Appleton House" and "The Garden", the political address "An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland", and the later personal and political satires "Flecknoe" and "The Character of Holland". ( Wikipedia)
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HAD we but world enough, and time,
This coyness Lady were no crime.
We would sit down and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love's day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges' side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.

But at my back I always hear
Times winged chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
Nor, in thy marble vault shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long preserved virginity,
And your quaint honor turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust:
The grave's a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.

Now therefore while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapped power.
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.


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Post by ezwa » January 29th, 2017, 2:37 am

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Post by adonis » January 29th, 2017, 5:16 am

Done - despite the throat. Now lunch.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/coymistress_marvell_ta_128kb.mp3

Length: 2:27

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Post by aradlaw » January 29th, 2017, 1:58 pm

Thank you Ezwa and Tony. :thumbs:
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Post by lurcherlover » January 29th, 2017, 3:34 pm

I had not realised it had started! I hope to send in my reading tomorrow.

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Post by lurcherlover » January 30th, 2017, 2:16 am

Here is my version.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/coymistress_marvell_pt_128kb.mp3

2.6MB
2mm 45ss

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Post by aradlaw » January 30th, 2017, 6:26 am

Thank you Peter. :thumbs:
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Post by Algy Pug » January 30th, 2017, 4:54 pm

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Post by mdatcher » January 30th, 2017, 7:09 pm

Just a quick question. Is it supposed to be "Thorough the iron gates of life" or "Through the iron gates of life"? I read it as "through."


https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/coymistress_marvell_msd_128kb.mp3
2:23

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Post by lurcherlover » January 31st, 2017, 1:12 am

I think it must be through (as I also read it) as it would otherwise not make sense?

Peter

P S I have just looked in Poets' Corner (theotherpages.org) and it is "thorough" - in which case I'm not sure. Does it make sense? We need an academic or a poetry expert to interpret this!

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Post by adonis » January 31st, 2017, 2:52 am

This just Xed my highly tempered disquisition on the use of "thorough" for "through" in Elizabethan England. Qualifications; First Class Degree in English from Oxford University. "Thorough" means "through" and you need it for the eight bar beat. O. K.?

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Post by adonis » January 31st, 2017, 3:00 am

p. s. I don't seem to have accented the "thorough" much in my version. It just goes to show.

TA.

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Post by lurcherlover » January 31st, 2017, 3:32 am

OK So I've made a real b*lls up reading this poem. i should have done proper research first. Anyway, i think I will leave it, and allow later submissions to benefit and read it correctly!

I will say a thousand Mail Haries ... oops! Got that wrong too!

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Post by GregGiordano » January 31st, 2017, 9:16 pm

Here is my contribution to this project:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/coymistress_marvell_gg_128kb.mp3

Run time is 3:10

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