LibriVox volunteers bring you 15 recordings of “Oh, Call It by Some Better Name” by Thomas Moore (1779-1852).
This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 9th to September 16th, 2012.
Thomas Moore was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of Summer.
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Download locations: mp3 128kb : mp3 64kb : ogg vorbis.
Catalogue pages: LibriVox, Internet Archive.
Zip of the entire book (7.7MB@64kb), featuring all 15 readers of this poem, with a total running time of 16m.
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Book Coordinator: Liberty Stump
Oh, Call it By Some Better Name
Oh, call it by some better name,
For Friendship sounds too cold,
While Love is now a worldly flame,
Whose shrine must be of gold:
And Passion, like the sun at noon,
That burns o’er all he sees,
Awhile as warm will set as soon—
Then call it none of these.
Imagine something purer far,
More free from stain of clay
Than Friendship, Love, or Passion are,
Yet human, still as they:
And if thy lip, for love like this,
No mortal word can frame,
Go, ask of angels what it is,
And call it by that name!
This week’s poem can be found here.