LibriVox volunteers bring you 14 recordings of The Journey of Life by William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878).
This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 23rd to December 30th, 2012.
William Cullen Bryant was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. His poetry has been described as being “of a thoughtful, meditative character, and makes but slight appeal to the mass of readers.”
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Zip of the entire book (10MB@64kb), featuring all 14 readers of this poem, with a total running time of 20m 55s.
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The Journey of Life
Beneath the waning moon I walk at night,
And muse on human life—for all around
Are dim uncertain shapes that cheat the sight,
And pitfalls lurk in shade along the ground,
And broken gleams of brightness, here and there,
Glance through, and leave unwarmed the death-like air.
The trampled earth returns a sound of fear—
A hollow sound, as if I walked on tombs!
And lights, that tell of cheerful homes, appear
Far off, and die like hope amid the glooms.
A mournful wind across the landscape flies,
And the wide atmosphere is full of sighs.
And I, with faltering footsteps, journey on,
Watching the stars that roll the hours away,
Till the faint light that guides me now is gone,
And, like another life, the glorious day
Shall open o’er me from the empyreal height,
With warmth, and certainty, and boundless light.
This week’s poem can be found here.