LibriVox volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Faded Pictures by William Vaughn Moody (1869-1910).
This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 2nd to September 9th, 2012.
William Vaughn Moody was a United States dramatist and poet. Author of The Great Divide, first presented under the title of The Sabine Woman at the Garrick Theatre in Chicago on April 12, 1906. Moody’s poetic dramas included The Masque of Judgment (1900), The Fire Bringer (1904), and The Death of Eve (left undone at his death).
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http://www.archive.org/download/faded_pictures_1209_librivox/fadedpictures_moody_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 39s (mp3@64kb)
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Zip of the entire book (11.7MB@64kb), featuring all 18 readers of this poem, with a total running time of 24m 22s.
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Only two patient eyes to stare
Out of the canvas. All the rest—
The warm green gown, the small hands pressed
Light in the lap, the braided hair
That must have made the sweet low brow
So earnest, centuries ago,
When some one saw it change and glow—
All faded! Just the eyes burn now.
I dare say people pass and pass
Before the blistered little frame,
And dingy work without a name
Stuck in behind its square of glass.
But I, well, I left Raphael
Just to come drink these eyes of hers,
To think away the stains and blurs
And make all new again and well.
Only, for tears my head will bow,
Because there on my heart’s last wall,
Scarce one tint left to tell it all,
A picture keeps its eyes, somehow.
This week’s poem can be found here.