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Love’s Widowhood By Alfred Austin Narrated by Leanne Yau and Denis Daly Alfred Austin (1835 -1913) was a lawyer, journalist, newspaper editor,  novelist and active representative of the Conservative party, but is best remembered today as the English Poet Laureate who succeeded Alfred Lord Tennyson.  He is considered one of the least distinguished poets to have held that position, and his verse often became the subject of ridicule, especially in his later years when its coy Victorian...
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A Family Affair From Collected Short Stories – Volume 2 by Guy de Maupassant Narrated by Cate Barratt    In this grim tale  de Maupassant explores the issues of death and grief in a highly dysfunctional Parisian family.  This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. The recording of the complete collection can be purchased at...
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A Stroll Around Australia By Aidan de Brune As published in The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate, West Australia, 8 & 24 June 1923 Narrated by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit: Voices of Today
Topics: Australia, history, travel
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Childe Waters This traditional ballad tells the story of the lovers Childe Waters and Burd Ellen. Their tale has inspired others, including the Victorian painter William Lindsay Windus. Cast Narrator - Arielle Lipshaw Burd Ellen - Erin Louttit  Childe Waters - Denis Daly Audio edited by Erin Louttit This recording may be freely distributed and re-used as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author. For further information about Voices of Today, or to explore its catalogue please visit ...
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A Selection from Three Sunsets and Other Poems By Lewis Carroll Narrated by Denis Daly While he is most famous for his imaginative children’s fiction, Lewis Carroll also wrote some poetry on serious subjects.  While it now appears rather dated,  Carroll’s verse is composed with a self-effacing skill which raises it above the conventionality of Victorian sentimentality. Many of the poems in this collection came from Phantasmagoria and other Poems, which Carroll published in 1869. “The...
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Kerfol by Edith Wharton Narrated by Denis Daly On the advice of a friend, a man visits a picturesque ruin in Brittany,  long since abandoned by its aristocratic owners.  But is the house really empty? This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit: ...
Topics: Wharton, ghost story
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Nine Sonnets by William Shakespeare Narrated by Denis Daly Sonnets nos 1, 14, 35, 44, 45, 71, 72, 73 and 74. Music April is in my Mistress' Face by Thomas Morley Come Heavy Sleep by John Dowland Performed by John Sayles This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue...
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On Ghosts By Mary Shelley Narrated by Denis Daly This brief essay on one of the most popular topics in fiction was first published in 1824.  As a preface the author quotes a stanza by Wordsworth: I look for ghosts--but none will force Their way to me; 'tis falsely said That there was ever intercourse Between the living and the dead. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or...
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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam A paraphrase by Ruel William Whitney Foreword by C.C.M. Jnr Narrated by Denis Daly Ruel William Whitney (1836 - 1930) was one of the many American scholars who became interested in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam following the publication of the translation by Edward Fitzgerald.  His version, which contains 101 quatrains  was first published by The Imperial Press, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1903.   This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices...
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Topics: Poetry, Omar, Khayyam, wine, Persia
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Three Dialogues By Edgar Allan Poe 1 - The Power of Words 2 - The Colloquy of Monos and Una 3 - The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion Read by Larry Wilson, Eva Davis and Algy Pug. This recording was first published by Librivox on 7th February, 2020.
Topics: Poe, poetry, dialogues
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The Sub-Contractor An Ibsen parody Based on a story in “Over the Footlights and Other Fancies” By Stephen Leacock Edited for dramatic presentation by Denis Daly This text may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit: Voices of Today
Topics: Parody, Ibsen, Leacock, satire
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Leaves from Australian Forests  – A selection By Henry Kendall Narrated by Denis Daly This is the second collection of poems by Australian poet Henry Kendall and was first published in 1969. Programme 01 - Dedication    02 - Prefatory Sonnets    03 - The Hut by the Black Swamp    04 - September in Australia    05 - Ghost Glen    06 - The Warrigal    07 - Euroclydon    08 - Araluen    09 - At Euroma    10 - Illa Creek    11 - Moss on a Wall    12 - Campaspe    13 - On...
Topics: Poetry, Kendall, Australia
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Macbeth – A Review By Max Beerbohm Narrated by Alan Weyman In 1898, shortly after succeeding George Bernard Shaw as drama critic of the Saturday Review, Beerbohm takes the opportunity in reviewing a production of Macbeth to reflect on Shaw, Shakespeare and Classic Drama. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information...
Topics: Shakespeare, MacBeth, Beerbohm, theatre
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The Lad Who Rode Side-saddle by James Baldwin Narrated by Jennifer Fournier This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
Topics: Short story, biography, Webster
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Whipperginny By Robert Graves Narrated by Erin Louttit and Denis Daly This collection of fifty-three poems was written by Robert Graves between 1920 and 1923.  Many of the pieces display a pastoral character and were composed in an effort by the poet to distance himself from the trauma of the First World War.  The title, which is that of the first poem in the collection, refers to an obsolete card card game. Audio edited by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed,...
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Burning Bush By John Drinkwater Narrated by Denis Daly John Drinkwater, poet, critic and dramatist was born in 1882 and died in 1937.   Burning Bush, a pastoral elergy for a mother who died while still young,  comes from The Collected Poems Of John Drinkwater, Volume 2, first published in 1923. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form....
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Al Aaraaf By Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by Denis Daly Al Aaraaf,composed in 1829, is Poe's Longest poem. In the words of the poet: "Its title is "Al Aaraaf" from the Al Aaraaf of the Arabians, a medium between Heaven and Hell where men suffer no punishment, but yet do not attain that tranquil & even happiness which they suppose to be the characteristics of heavenly enjoyment." This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited...
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A Dialogue at Fiesole by Alfred Austin Narrated by Leanne Yau and Denis Daly Alfred Austin (1835 – 1913)  was the English poet laureate after Alfred Lord Tennyson.  Included in his voluminous output are three novels, seven plays, critical essays and many collections of verse.  Although his poetry has been derided as an example of late Victorian bathos, definite skill in composition and sincerity are patent in much of his verse, marred though it is by occasional spectacular infelicities....
Topics: Poetry, Victorian, love, Austin, poet laureate
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Two stories By Ethel Turner Narrated by Denis Daly Ethel Turner (1872 - 1958) is best known today for her iconic children's classic, Seven Little Australians,  which portrays the domestic misadventures of the Woolcot family in Australia at the turn of the Twentieth Century.  Among her extensive literary output are a number of short stories,  two of which are presented here. 1)  Carrying the Baby 2)  The Little Duchess This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as...
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THE LAMENT OF BABA TAHIR BEING THE RUBA'IYAT OF BABA TAHIR, HAMADANI (URYAN) THE PERSIAN TEXT EDITED, ANNOTATED AND TRANSLATED BY EDWARD HERON-ALLEN AND RENDERED INTO ENGLISH VERSE  BY ELIZABETH CURTIS BRENTON Narrated by Denis Daly Baba Tahir,  also known as Uryan was one of the most eminent mystics of his era. He was one of the earliest of the Shaikhs, and lived under the Daylemite dynasty. He flourished about 1019 and died before 'Unsuri, Firdawsi, or any of their contemporaries became...
Topics: Baba Tahir, Rubaiyat, Persia, poetry, quatrain
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The Quatrains of Abu'l Ala Selected from his "Lozum-ma-la- Yalzam" and "Sact-Uz-Zind" and now first rendered into English By Ameen F. Rihani  Narrated by Denis Daly. Abu al-'Ala' al-Ma'arri (973 - 1057) was an Arab philosopher and poet.  His quatrains  reflect an irreligious rationalism which may be compared with that of Omar Khayyam,   although Abu’l Ala demonstrates a pessimism which is lacking in the work of the more  famous poet. In the words of the translator:...
Topics: Poetry, Rubaiyat. Omar Khayyam, Persia, quatrain, Rihani
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A Cursory Conspectus of G.B.S.   by Max Beerbohm Narrrated by Alan Weyman   This short essay was  written in 1901 when most of George Bernard Shaw's major work was yet to appear.   Much of the discussion focusses on Cashel Byron's Profession,  first published as a novel in 1882 and remoulded into a play, The Admirable Bashville, in 1901.   However, Beerbohm makes this the basis of a discussion that applies equally well to Shaw's later works. This recording may be freely downloaded and...
Topics: George Bernard Shaw, Beerbohm, essay, play
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The Duke of Gandia A Poetic Drama By Algernon Charles Swinburne Presented by Voices of Today Cesare Borgia is consumed by personal ambition.  Not satisfied with the elevated rank of a cardinal, he asks the Pope – his father – for dispensation from his clerical vows so that he may be proclaimed Duke, and eventually become the de facto ruler of Italy.   The Pope grants his request, but one obstacle still remains – Cesare is not the first born son.  Will he let this accident of birth...
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Pope Leo X by Klemens Loeffler Narrated by Denis Daly This text was taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913. Pope Leo X,  who reigned from 1513 to 1521, was a member of the illustrious Medici family,  which ruled Florence at the turn of the Sixteenth Century.  He is most celebrated as a patron of the arts. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited...
Topics: Pope, papacy, Medici, Florence, Rome, Catholic
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The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley Narrated by Jeff Moon This novella, first published in 1833, details the history of a man who, through the consumption of a mysterious elixir,  becomes immortal, and, like Dorian Gray, retains the appeareance of permanent youth.  He later discovers the inevitable disadvantage of immortality as he is forced to endure the suffering and death of his beloved spouse, Bertha.  This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is...
Topics: Shelley, gothic, immortality, novella
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The Sick King in Bokhara A poetic fable by Matthew Arnold Presented by Voices of Today Cast: Hussein: Alan Weyman The Vizier: Marty Krz The King: John Burlinson This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo From Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling Narrated by Denis Daly Not always was the Kangaroo as now we do behold him, but a Different Animal with four short legs. He was grey and he was woolly, and his pride was inordinate.... .. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices...
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The Raven and the King's Daughter By William Morris Performed by Leanne Yau This poem is taken from Morris' collection 'Poems By the Way', which are all various accounts of ill-fated love. A raven and a princess engage in conversation, and she asks him about her true love. Primarily a textile designer, Morris was known throughout his life as a socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, and contributed greatly to the revival of traditional British textile arts and...
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Tamerlane and other poems by Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by Denis Daly and Alexa Sheppard    This collection represents Poe's earliest attempts at writing verse, and was first published in 1827. The young Poe was so bashful about his ilterary ability that the author is described only as "a Bostonian." Contents Introduction Tamerlane Fugitive pieces To - - Dreams Visit of the Dead Evening star Imitation Stanzas A Dream The Happiest Day The Lake In the first and longest poem,  the...
Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, Victoriana, poem, Tamerlane
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Pallinghurst Barrow By Grant Allen Narrated by Erin Louttit Every year on Michael’s night Pallinghurst Barrow burneth bright. So runs the rhyme about the Old Long Barrow on Pallinghurst Common. But Rudolph Reeve is about to find out just how much truth there can be in a folk tradition, and what he learns may be more frightening and dangerous than he imagined. Audio edited by Erin Louttit This recording may be freely distributed and re-used as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author....
Topics: horror, ghosts, Michaelmas, prehistory
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The Nut-Brown Maid The Cornish author, critic and anthologist Arthur Quiller-Couch is perhaps best known for editing The Oxford Book of English Verse, but he also compiled other volumes of English literature. This poem, taken from The Oxford Book of Ballads, tells the tale of the nut-brown maid and the outlaw she loves. Cast The Banished Man - Denis Daly The Nut-brown Maid - Erin Louttit Audio edited by Erin Louttit This recording may be freely distributed and re-used as long as Voices of Today...
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Kubla Khan  Or A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment By Samuel Taylor Coleridge Performed by Denis Daly This text has been kindly made available by The Victorian Web  Kubla Khan This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the creator.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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A Selection from Rio Grande's Last Race and Other Poems by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson Narrated by Denis Daly 1.With the Cattle 2.A Disqualified Jockey's Story 3.Song of the Federation 4.The Old Timer’s Steeplechase 5.In the Stable 6.Jock 7.The Pearl Diver 8.The City of Dreadful Thirst 9.Saltbush Bill's Gamecock This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an...
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Three Poems by John Drinkwater Read by Alan Weyman The Cry  In the Valley The Years These three poems by the English poet and playwright John Drinkwater (1882-1937) come from The Collected Poems Of John Drinkwater, Volume 2, first published in 1923. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today...
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Witchcraft: New Style By Lascelles Abercrombie An amiable witch drops into the local for a drink one evening.  Her claims about her powers are received with polite skepticism by her fellow drinkers, who are in for an uncomfortable surprise. Featuring Denis Daly as the narrator Erin Louttit as the Woman Phil Benson as the First, Second, Third and Fourth Men. Audio edited by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the...
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Two Fairy Tales    By Charles Perrault Translated by Robert Samber and J.E.Mansion. Narrated by Denis Daly Little Thumb Donkey Skin Charles Perrault (1628 - 1703) was a French Civil servant, member of the Academy of Sciences and author.  After he lost his post in 1695 he retired to family life and in 1697 published Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals (Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé), better know today as Tales of Mother Goose (Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye).  This seminal...
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With Bat and Ball Twenty-Five Years' Reminiscences Of  A ustralian and Anglo-Australian Cricket By George Giffen With hints to young cricketers on batting, bowling and fielding. London Ward, Lock & Co Melbourne & New York 1898
Topics: Cricket, Giffen, Australia, M.C.C.
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Abdul Aziz By Stephen Leacock These two sketches have been adapted from satirical pieces about various political aspects of the First World War. Abdul Aziz Has His The narrator, disguised as a governess, gains admission to the Sultan's court in Constantinople.  The distraught Sultan finds himself forced into an extremely precarious situation by his overweening Prussian allies, and is seeking assistance from an unlikely source. Cast Narrator - Cate Barratt Codfish Pasha and Field Marshall -...
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The Ballad of Iskander By James Elroy Flecker Narrated by Denis Daly Sultan Iskander sat him down On his golden throne, in his golden crown, And shouted, "Wine and flute-girls three, And the Captain, ho! of my ships at sea." He drank his bowl of wine; he kept The flute-girls dancing till they wept,  Praised and kissed their painted lips, And turned to the Captain of All his Ships And cried, "O Lord of my Ships that go From the Persian Gulf to the Pits of Snow, Inquire for men...
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The Growth of Love by Robert Bridges Read by Algy Pug Robert Bridges, who was appointed Poet Laureate in 1913, published three versions of his sonnet sequence, The Growth of Love: 1876 - 24 sonnets 1889 - 79 sonnets 1898 - 69 sonnets The second edition, which is the subject of this recording, was re-published in 1894, with an extensive introduction from another celebrated poet, Lionel Johnson. The title of the work is a little misleading, as it suggests a process of development, a deepening...
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The Quatrains of Omar Kheyyam of Nishapour Now first completely done into English verse from the Persian, in accordance with the original forms, with a biographical and critical introduction, by John Payne,  author of  “The  Masque of Shadows and Other Poems, and translator of "The Book of the Thousand and One Nights. London 1898 Printed for the Villon Society  By private subscription and for private circulation only.
Topics: Rubaiyat, Omar Khayyam, Payne, quatrain, Sufi, Persia
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The Wreck of the Deutschland By Gerard Manley Hopkins To the happy memory of five Franciscan Nuns, exiles by the Falk Laws, drowned between midnight and morning of Dec. 7th, 1875 Narrated by Denis Daly If Franz Kafka is the ultimate literary representative of alienation, Gerard Manley Hopkins could be said to represent the acme of personal disaffection.    Oppressed by a sense of the futility of his own intellectual brilliance and suffering the torments of suppression of his latent...
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Brooksmith By Henry James Narrated by Denis Daly Henry James' novella about the decline of a faithful manservant following the death of his master is set in a nostalgia atmosphere of Edwardian gentility.   Although the imperialistic grandeur of the era has long since past, the story still retains its power as portrait of domestic tragedy. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes...
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Boule de Suif From Collected Short Stories – Volume One by Guy de Maupassant Narrated by Cate Barratt   Boule de Suif (dumpling) was originally published in a collection named “Dumpling and Other Stories of the War”, the background of which is the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 – 1871. Published in 1880 it is considered de Maupassant’s first literary masterpiece. In this story a group of ten French travellers are detained at an inn by a Prussian officer.  He is willing to let them...
Topics: Short Story, de Maupassant, Franco-Prussian War, Rouen
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Songs from the Mountains – A selection By Henry Kendall Narrated by Denis Daly This was the final collection of verse by Australian poet Henry Kendall and was first published in 1880. 1 - Black Lizzie    2 - Cooranbean    3 - Peter the Piccaninny    4 - The Sydney International Exhibition    5 - On a Spanish Cathedral    6 - The Melbourne International Exhibition    7 - A Hyde Park Larrikin   8- Leichhardt    This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as...
Topics: Poetry, Australia, Kendall
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The Great Lover By Rupert Brooke Narrated by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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Quatrains from Omar Khayyám.   Done into English verse by Edwin Kendall Cutter (1876 - 1907) Washington, 1900. Recorded by Algy Pug. This recording was first published by Librivox on 2nd October, 2013
Topics: Omar Khayyam, poetry, quatrain, Persia
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Harriet Monroe (1860 â 1936) was an American editor, scholar, literary critic, poet and patron of the arts. She is best known as the founding publisher and long-time editor of Poetry magazine, which made its debut in 1912. As a supporter of the poets Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, H. D., T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg and others, she played an important role in the development of modern poetry. (Wikipedia) The October 1916 edition of Poetry magazine featured the...
Topics: grotesques, poetry, drama, Chicago, Cloyd Head
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A Selection from Aesop's Fables Narrated by Jennifer Fournier This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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The Sphinx By Oscar Wilde Narrated by Denis Daly First published in 1894 in a limited edition, The Sphinx, which is one of Wilde’s longer poems, evokes images of a ruined and antique past, and has obvious similarities with poems by earlier authors dealing with historical reminisence, like Shelley’s Ozymandias.  Resemblences with Tennyson’s In Memoriam have also been noted.   It may be seen as a lament about the inevitable decline of beauty into a prolonged senescence of useless...
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Quatrains from Omar Khayyám Done into English verse by Edwin Kendall Cutter (1872 - 1907).  Washington, 1900.
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Narration demo reel By Denis Daly I am a professional audiobook narrator and producer and operate my own spoken audio business: Voices of Today I have provided narration and editing for many projects at Librivox.org and Legamus.eu. I am alo a founding member of Rhapsodize, a group which promotes the performance and recording of classic poetry. In 2015 a new venture, The Online Stage, was set up under the auspices of Voices of Today. This is a collective enterprise, dedicated to the production...
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The Nightingale By Samuel Taylor Coleridge Narrated by Denis Daly This evocative poem is one of the four that Coleridge contributed to the first volume of Lyrical Ballads, published in 1798. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit: Voices of Today
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A Boy’s Will By Robert Frost Presented by Voices of Today This book of thirty-two short poems is the first collection of poems published by Robert Frost and first appeared in 1913.    It was followed shortly afterwards by further collections North of Boston (1914) and Mountain Interval (1916.) The book was dedicated to Frost’s wife. Featuring the voices of Ben Stevens, John Burlinson, Amanda Friday, Olivia Sundeen, LuAnn Drexler, Sarah Bacaller, Peter Tucker, Marty Krz, Chyanne Donnell,...
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Far Inland Football By John Arthur Barry Narrated by Denis Daly The folks at the small town of Crupperton are bored.  To help pass the time the Clerk of Petty Sessions suggests that the town form a football team.  All they need is a paddock, a ball and another team to play against.  As the clerk says: "It's just a splendid game for this weather, and nothing could well be simpler."  However, arranging the game proves to have unexpected complications. This recording may be freely...
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Death and the Devil A Dance of Death in three scenes By Frank Wedekind Translated by Samuel A. Eliot and Denis Daly This play forms part of a collection of four which focuses on one of Wedekind's obsessive themes: the destructive interplay between primal sexual urges and social convention.  Each play revolves around a powerful young female character,  who has the power to control and captivate men, but who in turn is destroyed by the exercise of that power: Play - Character Earth Spirit -...
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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Translated by Edward Fitzgerald Third Edition - 1872 Narrated by Denis Daly Come, fill the Cup, and in the fire of Spring Your Winter-garment of Repentance fling: The Bird of Time has but a little way To flutter—and the Bird is on the Wing. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information...
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A Burgling Incident By Arthur Morrison Published in the Melbourne Argus.  27th May, 1905. Narrated by Denis Daly    This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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THE OLD SHIPS by JAMES ELROY FLECKER James Elroy Flecker died in Switzerland on the 3rd of January, 1915, aged 30. His principal volumes of poetry were "The Bridge of Fire" (1907), "Forty-Two Poems" (1911) and "The Golden Journey to Samarkand" (1913). The following pages contain most of the poems written during the last two years of his life, arranged approximately in chronological order. Several of them have appeared in periodicals; others are here printed for the...
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The Two Voices By Alfred Lord Tennyson Performed by Leanne Yau and Tom Saer This autobiographical poem was originally titled 'Thoughts of a Suicide' in manuscript, after the death of Tennyson's close friend Arthur Henry Hallam in 1833, and was published following a dark age of ten years during which Tennyson published no new works. In the poem, a voice in the speaker's head urges and cajoles the speaker to suicide, with the speaker offering up various arguments against the idea, only for them...
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The Vanity of Human Wishes by Samuel Johnson Narrated by Denis Daly   In January 1749 Samuel Johnson published the “Vanity Human of Wishes, being the Tenth Satire of Juvenal imitated.”   I believe, he composed it the preceding year.  The 'Vanity of Human Wishes' is, in the opinion of the best judges, as high an effort of ethic poetry as any language can show. The instances of variety of disappointment are chosen so judiciously and painted so strongly, that the moment they are read they...
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Omar Khayyám: some verses and an introduction.  By W.E.B. Whittaker and Rex Löwenberg.  Chester, Phillipson & Golder, 1907. This edition has 53 quatrains, printed on one side of the leaf only, and is limited to six sets.  There is a dedication "À deux amies. F. et M."
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A Moral Alphabet  by Hilaire Belloc Narrated by Denis Daly In Biography for Beginners, a collection of verses satirizing a variety of celebrities, E.C Bentley wrote the following ditty concerning this author: Mr Hilaire Belloc Is a case for legislation ad hoc. He seems to think nobody minds His books being all of different kinds. Particulary popular among the works in Belloc's voluminous and varied output are his collections of poems for children, which combine caustic wit and imagination in a...
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Seven Poems By Henry Lawson Narrated by Denis Daly 1) The Outside Track 2) Scots of the Riverina 3) The Shakedown 4) The Boss' Boots 5) Billy's 'Square Affair' 6) Rise Ye! Rise Ye! 7) The Ballad of Mabel Clare This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For more information about Voices of Today please visit  our website
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The Marseillaise By Leonid Andreyev Translated by Archibald Wolfe Narrated by Denis Daly Leonid Andreyev was born in Orel, the capital of the Russian province of the same name, on August 21, 1871. He was ten years younger than his future patron and friend Maxim Gorki. He died on September 12, 1919, in Finland, an exile from his beloved chaos-ridden fatherland. In “The Marseillaise,” written in 1905, Andreyev pictures the apotheosis of a hero hidden behind the absurd exterior of a physical...
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The Diamond Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Narrated by Cate Barratt    In the sardonic view of Guy de Maupassant, diamonds are not always a girl's best friend, as illustrated in this bitter-sweet story of the conflict between market value and moral values. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of...
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The White House from Without In By Stephen Leacock Narrated by Ron Altman Although it relates to the period around the First World War, this satirical extract from the diary of a fictional USA president still retains its comic power.   In some ways, little has changed over the last hundred years. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed...
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The Elephant's Child From Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling Narrated by Alan Weyman There was once an Elephant—a new Elephant—an Elephant’s Child — who was full of ‘satiable curtiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions. And he lived in Africa, and he filled all Africa with his ‘satiable curtiosities. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed...
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The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Perfomed by Alan Weyman Here is Coleridge’s first version of the Ancyent Marinere, published in 1798 in the first edition of his and Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads. Several revisions during nearly twenty years eventually shaped the version with which we are familiar today.  This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or...
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Five Poems by Oscar Wilde Narrated by Denis Daly 1) Ave Imperatrix 2) Fabien Dei Franchi – to my friend Henry Irving 3) Sonnet – On Hearing the Dies Irae sung in the Sistine Chapel 4) Ave Maria Gratia Plena 5) Libertatis Sacra Fames This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore...
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Chants for Socialists By William Morris William Morris is best known for his fantasy novels and stories and for his influence on book design, particularly with the Kelmscott Press, and his innovative design company Morris & Co. This collection of poetry illustrates his deeply held conviction in socialism as a means of bringing about greater equality and social justice. Narrated by Erin Louttit, Phil Benson and Denis Daly. Audio edited by Erin Louttit. This recording may be freely...
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The Lay of the Werewolf  by Marie de France Presented by Voices of Today This short story is one of twelve medieval romances from the Lays of Marie de France. It tells the tale of the Bisclavret, a werewolf from the old days of Brittany. This is a story of secresy, betrayal, and perhaps even forbidden love - there has been much speculation that the werewolf in this story is an extended metaphor for homosexuality, and there may be more to his wife's rejection of him, and his deep bond with the...
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The Old Ships by James Elroy Flecker Performed by Denis Daly James Elroy Flecker died in Switzerland on the 3rd of January, 1915, aged 30. His principal volumes of poetry were " The Bridge of Fire" (1907), "Forty-Two Poems" (1911), and "The Golden Journey to Samarkand" (1913). The following collection contains most of the poems written during the last two years of his life, arranged approximately in chronological order. Programme The Old Ships The Blue Noon A...
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The Bad Child's Book of Beasts Verses by Hilaire Belloc Narrated by Gregory Sheridan This collection of poetic epithets on correct behaviour was published in 1896. In the introduction the author advises: I call you bad, my little child, Upon the title page, Because a manner rude and wild Is common at your age. The Moral of this priceless work (If rightly understood) Will make you—from a little Turk— Unnaturally good. So control your actions that Your friends may all repeat, "This child...
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Oscar Wilde An Idler's Impression By Edgar Saltus Narrated by Denis Daly Edgar Saltus (1855 – 1921) was an American writer,  whose extensive output includes biographies, novels, and works on philosophy and history. This brief and affectionate tribute to Oscar Wilde was published in 1917. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For...
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