LibriVox volunteers bring you 18 recordings of The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625). This was the Weekly Poetry project for August 14th to August 21st, 2011.
Orlando Gibbons was an English composer, virginalist and organist of the late Tudor and early Jacobean periods. He was a leading composer in the England of his day. In the 20th century, the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould championed Gibbons’s music, and named him as his favorite composer. (summary from Wikipedia)
http://www.archive.org/download/silverswan_1108_librivox/silverswan_gibbons_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=55s (mp3@64kb)
The Silver Swan
The silver swan, who living had no note,
When death approach’d, unlock’d her silent throat;
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
Thus sung her first and last, and sung no more.
Farewell, all joys; O Death, come close mine eyes;
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise.
This week’s poem can be found here.