LibriVox volunteers bring you 13 recordings of October by Florence Earle Coates (1850-1927). This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 9th to October 16th, 2011.
Mrs. Coates gained notoriety both at home and abroad for her works of poetry — nearly three-hundred of which were published in literary magazines such as the Atlantic Monthly, Scribner’s Magazine, The Literary Digest, Lippincott’s, The Century Magazine, and Harper’s. Many of her poems were set to music by composers such as Mrs. H. H. A. Beach (Amy Cheney Beach), Clayton Johns, and Charles Gilbert Spross. In 1915, Florence was unanimously elected poet laureate of Pennsylvania by the state’s Federation of Women’s Clubs. (Summary from Wikipedia)
http://www.archive.org/download/october_1110_librivox/october_coates_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 6s (mp3@64kb)
Sweet are the woodland notes
That gush melodious at morn from palpitating throats,
In anthems fresh as dew! Ay, they are sweet!
But from that dim retreat
Where Evening muses through the pensive hours,
There sometimes floats along
A more appealing song.
So, love, thy voice breathes a diviner music in the chill
Of autumn, when the glen is still
And Flora’s gold all tarnished on the hill,
Than in the time when merry May calls forth her bashful flowers.
This week’s poem can be found here.