COMPLETE [Fortnightly Poetry] A Parental Ode to my Son, Aged Three Years and Five Months by Thomas Hood - dl

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Post by Bookworm360 » July 26th, 2020, 6:24 pm

A Parental Ode to My Son, Aged Three Years and Five Months by Thomas Hood (1799 - 1845).

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A father is trying to write a poem to his son, but the troublesome antics of the latter make the author put in interjections that entirely contradict the poetical picture he tries to paint of the child. ( MaybeCordelia)
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A Parental Ode to My Son, Aged Three Years and Five Months by Thomas Hood, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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Then read the poem:
THOU happy, happy elf!
(But stop,—first let me kiss away that tear)—
Thou tiny image of myself!
(My love, he’s poking peas into his ear!)
Thou merry, laughing sprite!
With spirits feather-light,
Untouch’d by sorrow, and unsoil’d by sin—
(Good heavn’s! the child is swallowing a pin!)
Thou little tricksy Puck!
With antic toys so funnily bestuck,
Light as the singing bird that wings the air—
(The door! the door! he’ll tumble down the stair!)
Thou darling of thy sire!
(Why, Jane! he’ll set his pinafore a-fire!)
Thou imp of mirth and joy!
In Love’s dear chain so strong and bright a link,
Thou idol of thy parents—(Drat the boy!
There goes my ink!)
Thou cherub—but of earth;
Fit playfellow for Fays, by moonlight pale,
In harmless sport and mirth,
(That dog will bite him if he pulls its tail!)
Thou human humming-bee, extracting honey
From ev’ry blossom in the world that blows,
Singing in Youth’s Elysium ever sunny,
(Another tumble!—that’s his precious nose!)
Thy father’s pride and hope!
(He’ll break the mirror with that skipping-rope!)
With pure heart newly stamp’d from Nature’s mint—
(Where did he learn that squint?)
Thou young domestic dove!
(He’ll have that jug off, with another shove!)
Dear nurseling of the hymeneal nest!
(Are those torn clothes his best?)
Little epitome of man!
(He’ll climb upon the table, that’s his plan!)
Touched with the beauteous tints of dawning life—
(He’s got a knife!)
Thou enviable being!
No storms, no clouds, in thy blue sky foreseeing,
Play on, play on,
My elfin John!
Toss the light ball—bestride the stick—
(I knew so many cakes would make him sick!)
With fancies, buoyant as the thistle-down,
Prompting the face grotesque, and antic brisk,
With many a lamb-like frisk,
(He’s got the scissors, snipping at your gown!)
Thou pretty opening rose!
(Go to your mother, child, and wipe your nose!)
Balmy and breathing music like the South,
(He really brings my heart into my mouth!)
Fresh as the morn, and brilliant as its star,—
(I wish that window had an iron bar!)
Bold as the hawk, yet gentle as the dove,
(I tell you what, my love,
I cannot write unless he’s sent above!)


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Last edited by Bookworm360 on August 5th, 2020, 5:12 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Post by aradlaw » July 26th, 2020, 6:48 pm

There's your Magic Window, I'll wait until you see this before moving over to Short Works. Have fun with this. :D

We'll need a description for the project. :wink:
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Post by Horner94 » July 26th, 2020, 7:22 pm

Hello,
Here is my attempt: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/parentalode_hood_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 03:19

Best wishes,
Chad

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Post by silverquill » July 27th, 2020, 9:48 am

Thomas Hood is not always easy to read, but this is hilarious and so true:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/parentalode_hood_lcw_128kb.mp3 3:00
~ Larry

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Post by Bookworm360 » July 27th, 2020, 10:11 am

Horner94 wrote:
July 26th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Hello,
Here is my attempt: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/parentalode_hood_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 03:19

Best wishes,
Chad
Hi there, great reading! There are only a few minor issues:
0:29 You said spirit instead of sprite.
1:46 The line "He'll break the mirror with that skipping-rope!" was cut off.
Other than that, it was a good rendition. :D Please provide the edits soon.
2 Timothy 1:7. Look it up.
Due to life, I am unable to do LV much. Please be patient with delayed projects.

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Post by Bookworm360 » July 27th, 2020, 10:19 am

silverquill wrote:
July 27th, 2020, 9:48 am
Thomas Hood is not always easy to read, but this is hilarious and so true:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/parentalode_hood_lcw_128kb.mp3 3:00
Thanks silverquill, this was a wonderful reading! There are no issues; it is PL OK! :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » July 27th, 2020, 1:03 pm

A great start to this project, now moving to Short Works. :D
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Post by Horner94 » July 27th, 2020, 2:04 pm

[/quote]

Hi there, great reading! There are only a few minor issues:
0:29 You said spirit instead of sprite.
1:46 The line "He'll break the mirror with that skipping-rope!" was cut off.
Other than that, it was a good rendition. :D Please provide the edits soon.
[/quote]

Thank you for the feedback.
Here is the amended version:
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/parentalode_hood_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 03:22

Best wishes,
Chad

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Post by Horner94 » July 27th, 2020, 2:05 pm

Bookworm360 wrote:
July 27th, 2020, 10:11 am
Horner94 wrote:
July 26th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Hello,
Here is my attempt: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/parentalode_hood_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 03:19

Best wishes,
Chad
Hi there, great reading! There are only a few minor issues:
0:29 You said spirit instead of sprite.
1:46 The line "He'll break the mirror with that skipping-rope!" was cut off.
Other than that, it was a good rendition. :D Please provide the edits soon.
Thank you for the feedback.
Here is the amended version:
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/parentalode_hood_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 03:22

Best wishes,
Chad
[/quote]

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Post by Bookworm360 » July 27th, 2020, 3:21 pm

Horner94, your recording is now PL OK! :clap:
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Post by Bookworm360 » July 27th, 2020, 6:52 pm

2 Timothy 1:7. Look it up.
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Post by aradlaw » July 27th, 2020, 8:19 pm

Bookworm, your reading is PL OK. :thumbs:

Reminds me of our 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter. :P
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Post by Bookworm360 » July 27th, 2020, 8:27 pm

Thanks aradlaw!(boy, your granddaughter must be a handful, but in a good way I hope. At least most of the time :D )
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Post by RevJohn29 » July 28th, 2020, 9:55 am

If there is still need, I will record this poem as well.

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