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Post by aradlaw » May 2nd, 2020, 7:52 am

A Mother's Song by Anna Hempstead Branch (1875 - 1937).

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A tribute to Mothers everywhere. Taken from The shoes that danced, and other poems by Anna Hempstead Branch, (pub. 1905) ( David Lawrence)
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A Mother's Song by Anna Hempstead Branch, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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I HAVE not yet known Mother's grief
For I can comfort thee.
Child, I can smile above the tears
So swiftly eased by me.

I know in time my son shall grow
Beyond his Mother's ken.
And half a stranger he will go
Among the world of men.

Then shall I know a Mother's grief—
His separate bitterness.
My heart will break if his must ache
With wounds I cannot guess.

'T is little pain to bear a child
Beside this other woe.
To feel the helplessness to soothe
The want that grieves him so.

(I hear a man cry in the dark,
He journeys on alone.)
Lie close, lie close, my little son,
While yet thou art my own.

(His heart is broken by stranger hands,
I may not give him rest.)
My darling one, my child, my Son!
I hold thee on my breast.

(The heart in him is sick with need,
For help I may not give.)
Perchance the smiles I spend on thee
May help that stranger live.

(Unhoused, along a barren road,
I hear a pilgrim weep.)
But in his heart is the little song
That sings thee now to sleep.

(The bitter brand of this world's shame
Is sealed upon his brow.)
But in his hand is a New Name—
The kiss I give thee now!

For when my child is grown — is grown —
He 'll get this help from me,
That now, while he is all my own,
I rock him on my knee.

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Post by Newgatenovelist » May 3rd, 2020, 9:02 am

Hi David,

I'm sorry to do this to you on a Sunday, but I've had a terrible attack of pedantry. Would it be possible to check the third stanza from the bottom?

"I bear [should this be 'hear'?] a pilgrim weep.)"

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Post by Horner94 » May 3rd, 2020, 10:48 am

Hello,
Here is my attempt: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/motherssong_branch_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 01:56

Kind regards,
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Post by grs2905 » May 3rd, 2020, 11:22 am

Newgatenovelist wrote:
May 3rd, 2020, 9:02 am
Hi David,

I'm sorry to do this to you on a Sunday, but I've had a terrible attack of pedantry. Would it be possible to check the third stanza from the bottom?

"I bear [should this be 'hear'?] a pilgrim weep.)"

Erin
Yes, it IS 'hear' not 'bear' - follow the link to the original; the font is horrible, but you can just about make it out! :-)

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Post by NemoR » May 3rd, 2020, 5:53 pm

Hi David, nice selection! :D

Here is mine at 2:13 .... https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/motherssong_branch_nr_128kb.mp3
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Post by aradlaw » May 4th, 2020, 5:50 am

Thanks for your 'pedantry' Erin. :D
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Post by aradlaw » May 4th, 2020, 5:53 am

Thank you Chad, if you wish, these changes could be made...
at 0:55 you've read "Lie close, lie close, my son..." text - "Lie close, lie close, my little son.."
at 1:21 the text has been changed (thanks Erin!) "...I hear a pilgrim weep.) :wink:
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Post by aradlaw » May 4th, 2020, 5:54 am

Thank you Graham and Nemo. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » May 5th, 2020, 5:12 pm

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by quasimoir » May 7th, 2020, 10:40 am

Hello again David:

Here's the link to my recording of 'A Mother's Song': https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/motherssong_branch_gd_128kb.mp3

Running Time: 1:51

I'm looking for a line to wrap up this message, and the only one I could think of is: I hope this sails past quality control! :-D

Always,
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Post by aradlaw » May 7th, 2020, 1:16 pm

Thank you Garfield. :thumbs:

Yes, it did sail past quality control! :D
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Post by Frank249942 » May 8th, 2020, 12:48 am

My reading of A Mothers Song at 2:02

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/motherssong_branch_ft_128kb.mp3

Thank you

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Post by aradlaw » May 8th, 2020, 7:17 am

Thank you Frank, good reading, although the quality does not sound as good as your previous readings, have you changed your recording setup or a different mic position?
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