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May 14th, 2008
Episode 223 of 608 episodes
CG Rossetti read by Classic Poetry Aloud: http://www.classicpoetryaloud.com/ Giving voice to the poetry of the past. --------------------------------------------- Who Has Seen the Wind? by Christina G. Rossetti (1830 – 1894) Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you; But when the leaves hang trembling The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I; But when the trees bow down their heads The wind is passing by. The Rainbow by William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die! The Child is father of the Man; I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety. CXVII From Complete Poems By Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) The inundation of the Spring Submerges every soul, It sweeps the tenement away But leaves the water whole. In which the Soul, at first alarmed, Seeks furtive for its shore, But acclimated, gropes no more For that Peninsular. A Petition by Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836 – 1907) To spring belongs the violet, and the blown Spice of the roses let the summer own. Grant me this favor, Muse–all else withhold– That I may not write verse when I am old. And yet I pray you, Muse, delay the time! Be not too ready to deny me rhyme; And when the hour strikes, as it must, dear Muse, I beg you very gently break the news.