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Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!John Frederick Freeman was an English poet and essayist, who gave up a successful career in insurance to write full-time.
He was born in London and started as an office boy aged 13. He was a close friend of Walter de la Mare from 1907, who lobbied hard with Edward Marsh to get Freeman into the Georgian Poetry series; with eventual success. De la Mare's biographer Theresa Whistler describes him as "tall, gangling, ugly, solemn, punctilious".
This poem is taken from POEMS NEW AND OLD By John Freeman (1920) - Summary from Wikipedia
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Begin your reading with the abbreviated LibriVox disclaimer:
Leave 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning.
Then read the poem:Once There Was Time by John Frederick Freeman, read for librivox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, and/or your location.]
At the end of your reading, leave a space and then say:Let no tears fall
If then they fell not.
If eyes told nothing,
Now let them tell not.
Once there was time
For words, looks and tears:
That time is past,
is past— Heart, thou shalt tell not!
Beyond any speech
Is silence bitter,
As between love and love
Nothing is sweeter.
Once there was time, time yet
For words, looks and tears...
Past, past, past, past—
Nothing so bitter!
Now if tears come
That then fell never;
If eyes such sad, sad things
Look now for ever;
If words, looks or tears
Tremble with telling,
Oh, what returning voice is it whispers
Never, never, never!
Leave 5 seconds of silence at the end.End of poem. This recording is in the public domain.
Filename: time_freeman_your initials in lowercase_128kb.mp3 (e.g. time_freeman_klh_128kb.mp3)
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