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My LibriVox recordings & my reading journal (solo Litblog).

Down the Bayou by Mary Ashley Townsend

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 12 recordings of Down the Bayou by Mary Ashley Townsend (1832-1901). This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 27th, 2009.
http://www.archive.org/download/down_the_bayou_0910_librivox/downthebayou_townsend_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 12s (mp3 64kb)

The cypress swamp around me wraps its spell,
With hushing sounds in moss-hung branches there,
Like congregations rustling down to prayer,
While Solitude, like some unsounded bell,
Hangs full of secrets that it cannot tell,
And leafy litanies on the humid air
Intone themselves, and on the tree-trunks bare
The scarlet lichen writes her rubrics well.
The cypress-knees take on them marvellous shapes
Of pygmy nuns, gnomes, goblins, witches, fays,
The vigorous vine the withered gum-tree drapes,
Across the oozy ground the rabbit plays,
The moccasin to jungle depths escapes,
And through the gloom the wild deer shyly gaze.

This week’s poem can also be found here.

Download locations: mp3 128kb : mp3 64kb : ogg vorbis.
Catalogue pages: LibriVox, Internet Archive.
Zip of the entire book (6.5MB@64kb), featuring all the different readers for this project.

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