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Each fortnight a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!This Fortnightly Poem is taken from The Australian Edition of the Selected Works of Marcus Clarke (pub 1890) ( )
This Fortnightly was suggested by SonOfTheExiles.
This fortnight's poem can be found here.
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Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHz
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Begin your reading with the abbreviated LibriVox disclaimer:
No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
Then read the poem:The Mind's Eye by Marcus Clarke, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal URL.]
(“ My minde to me a kingdome is, — Byrd.")
“THY mind to thee a kingdom is !’
Take heed to rule it well,
For in it thou shalt find, I wis,
Thy Heaven or thy Hell.
Thou art the monarch of the land,
None can dispute thy sway ;
For good or ill do thou command,
Thy subjects straight obey.
Say ! — Would'st thou win Heroic fame,
And play the Patriot's part ?
In Youth's fierce sun thy banners flame,
And Hope drums in thine heart.
Give onset, and against Life's foes
Thy legioned thoughts advance,
While Poesy the trumpet blows
And Satire shakes the lance !
But when the fiery fight is done,
When sinks the drawbridge down,
When thou Fame's citadel hast won,
And glowing grasped the crown.
Thy shattered hosts wail forth thy fate,
And bid thee homeward haste
To find thy Hearth left desolate
And all thy Kingdom waste.
Would'st Joy and Pleasure entertain,
And sport with lustv Love ?
Thy fields are fair with April rain.
The sky bends blue above.
Pavilioned in thy bowry Spring
Clip close thy Beauty bright,
While wanton birds about thee sing
Of Dalliance and Delight.
But when thou plucked red Passion's flowers,
And drained Life's Chalice dry,
Unbidden to thy fading bowers
Comes foul Satiety —
Joy droops and dies, Love shuddering flies,
And bids thee homeward fare
To find grim winter in the skies
And all thy kingdom bare.
Ah ! Would'st thou rule thy realm aright,
Let foolish Fame pass on,
Bid fond Ambition quit thy sight,
And Passion wild begone.
With Health and Labour till thy fields.
Then, when thy Spring is spent,
Thou'lt reap — nor Fame nor passion yields -
The Harvest of Content.
Let Poesy have welcome's dole —
Yet ever as she sings —
Fast to thy Duty bind thy soul
With Wisdom's golden strings,
So shalt thou in its prime possess
Thy kingdom fair and free,
And crown in all her loveliness
Thy Queen— Tranquility !
At the end of your reading, leave a space and then say:
End of poem. This recording is in the public domain.
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