LibriVox volunteers bring you 24 recordings of I saw the Sun at Midnight, rising red by Joseph Mary Plunkett (1887-1916). This was the weekly poetry project for February 8th, 2009.http://www.archive.org/download/i_saw_the_sun_0902_librivox/isawthesun_plunkett_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 16s (mp3@64kb)
I saw the Sun at midnight, rising red,
Deep-hued yet glowing, heavy with the stain
Of blood-compassion, and I saw It gain
Swiftly in size and growing till It spread
Over the stars; the heavens bowed their head
As from Its heart slow dripped a crimson rain,
Then a great tremor shook It, as of pain—
The night fell, moaning, as It hung there dead.
O Sun, O Christ, O bleeding Heart of flame!
Thou giv’st Thine agony as our life’s worth,
And mak’st it infinite, lest we have dearth
Of rights wherewith to call upon thy Name;
Thou pawnest Heaven as a pledge for Earth,
And for our glory sufferest all shame.
This week’s poem can also be found here.