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Post by aradlaw » February 7th, 2021, 9:37 am

A Plea For Our Northern Winters by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon (1829 - 1879)

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Mrs. Leprohon was a Canadian poetess, who also wrote fiction which won her most popular succeses, no less than four of her tales have been translated into French. (Summary by David Lawrence)
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A Plea For Our Northern Winters by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon, read for librivox.org by [your name].
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“Oh, Earth, where is the mantle of pleasant emerald dye
That robed thee in sweet summer-time, and gladdened heart and eye,
Adorned with blooming roses, graceful ferns and blossoms sweet,
And bright green moss like velvet that lay soft beneath our feet?”

“What! am I not as lovely in my garb of spotless white?
Was young bride in her beauty ever clothed in robe as bright?
Or, if you seek for tinting warm, at morn and evening hour,
You’ll find me bathed in blushes bright as those of summer flower.”

“But, Earth, I miss the verdure of thy woods and forests old,
The waving of their foliage, casting shadows o’er the wold,
The golden sunbeams peering ’mid the green leaves here and there,
And I sigh to see the branches so cheerless and so bare.”

“But oft they’re clothed in ermine to the sight and touch more fair
Than the costly robing monarchs for regal garments wear,
Whilst at times the glitt’ring branches with jewels are ablaze,
The Frost King’s pearls and diamonds flashing back the light’s clear rays.”

“Well, I grieve to see thy rivers, thy lakes and mountain streams,
That in summer rippled gaily beneath the suns’ glad beams,
As light barks glided swiftly o’er their azure waves at will,
Held now in icy barriers that guard them cold and still.”

“But, see their glassy bosom, what scene could be more bright?
How gaily o’er the surface darts the skater, strong and light;
And happy, cheerful voices ring out from shore to shore,
And forms are clearly mirrored on that dazzling crystal floor.”

“Ah, Earth, I cannot listen to thy soft, persuasive voice,
Though the pleasures thou can’st offer may make other hearts rejoice,
For with love and fond regret I recall each cloudless day,
Spent with friends in sunny rambles—when the whole world seemed at play.”

“Why, the time for pleasant converse is the winter’s stormy night,
Its long and quiet evenings, with fire and tapers bright,
The soothing strains of music, laughter, jest and happy song,—
Yes! the dearest of all pleasures to the winter-time belong.”

“I yield! Oh, Earth, thou hast thy charms, I grant it freely now,
In winter’s sterner hours, as when the spring-buds deck thy brow,
So, a truce to idle grieving o’er summer beauties fled,
Our northern winters we’ll accept with grateful hearts instead.”
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Post by LeeSalter » February 9th, 2021, 12:17 pm

How do you pronounce: Leprohon ?

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Post by aradlaw » February 9th, 2021, 4:02 pm

I did a search and it seems Leprohon is pronounced phonically.
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Post by aradlaw » February 10th, 2021, 4:26 pm

Thank you Graham. :thumbs:
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Post by OooThatsNifty » February 10th, 2021, 8:00 pm

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents." - H.P. Lovecraft

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Post by aradlaw » February 10th, 2021, 8:43 pm

Thank you Andrew. :thumbs:
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Post by nradduci » February 10th, 2021, 9:42 pm

Here is my first recording for Librivox. My name is Nicholas Adduci. Enjoy!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/winters_leprohon_nra_128kb.mp3

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Post by nradduci » February 10th, 2021, 10:12 pm

Here is my second attempt at the recording for this poem, now that I have completed my 1 minute test. You may disregard the first.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/winters_leprohon_nra_128kb.mp3

Time: 3:26

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Post by silverquill » February 10th, 2021, 10:32 pm

Well, a accept -- but somewhat grudgingly, I confess. Okay, it nice to see the kids skating on our pond! But, I'm glad to be working from home. :lol:

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Post by aradlaw » February 11th, 2021, 9:57 am

Thank you Nicholas, Larry and Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » February 11th, 2021, 5:14 pm

Thank you Lee. :thumbs:
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