LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of Nocturne by Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907). This was the Weekly Poetry project for July 3rd to July 10th, 2011.
Aldrich attended school in Portsmouth to prepare for college. This period of his life is partly described in his semi-autobiographical novel The Story of a Bad Boy (1870), in which “Tom Bailey” is the juvenile hero. Critics have said that this novel contains the first realistic depiction of childhood in American fiction and prepared the ground for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Nocturne was taken from the Yale Book of American Verse, edited by Thomas R. Lounsbury (1838 – 1915) (Summary from Wikipedia)
http://www.archive.org/download/nocturne_1107_librivox/nocturne_aldrich_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 12s (mp3@64kb)
Up to her chamber window
A slight wire trellis goes,
And up this Romeo’s ladder
Clambers a bold white rose.
I lounge in the ilex shadows,
I see the lady lean,
Unclasping her silken girdle,
The curtain’s folds between.
She smiles on her white-rose lover,
She reaches out her hand
And helps him in at the window—
I see it where I stand!
To her scarlet lip she holds him,
And kisses him many a time—
Ah, me! it was he that won her
Because he dared to climb!
This week’s poem can be found here.