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Vitai Lampada by Sir Henry Newbolt

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 10 recordings of Vitai Lampada by Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938).
‘Vitai Lampada’ is a quotation from De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of the Universe) by Lucretius and literally means ‘The torch of life.’
This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 5th – Spetember 12th, 2010.

http://www.archive.org/download/vitai_lampada_1009_librivox/vitailampada_newbolt_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 52s (mp3@64kb)


Download locations: mp3 128kb : mp3 64kb : ogg vorbis.
Catalogue pages: LibriVox, Internet Archive.
Zip of the entire book (7.5MB@64kb), featuring all the different readers for this project.

Vitai Lampada
There’s a breathless hush in the Close tonight –
Ten to make and the match to win –
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and the last man in.
And it’s not for the sake of the ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,
But his Captain’s hand on his shoulder smote –
‘Play up ! play up ! and play the game !’

The sand of the Desert is sodden red –
Red with the wreck of a square that broke; –
The Gatling’s jammed and the Colonel’s dead,
And the regiment’s blind with dust and smoke.
The river of death has brimmed his banks,
And England’s far, and Honour a name,
But the voice of a schoolboy rallies the ranks:
‘Play up ! play up ! and play the game !’

This is the world that year by year,
While in her place the school is set,
Every one of her sons must hear,
And none that hears it dare forget.
This they all with joyful mind
Bear through life like a torch in flame,
And falling fling to the host behind –
‘Play up ! play up ! and play the game !’

This week’s poem can be found here.

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