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The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 13 recordings of The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618).

This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for October 14th to October 28th, 2012.

The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd, sometimes called ‘Her Reply’ was written in response to Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”.
(Summary by David Lawrence)

http://www.archive.org/download/nymphsreply_1210_librivox/nymphsreply_raleigh_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 57s (mp3@64kb)

 

Download locations: mp3 128kb : mp3 64kb : ogg vorbis.
Catalogue pages: LibriVox, Internet Archive.
Zip of the entire book (10.5MB@64kb), featuring all 13 readers of this poem, with a total running time of 21m 56s.

In addition to the readers, this audio book was produced by:
Book Coordinator: David Lawrence
Meta-Coordinator/Cataloging: David Lawrence

The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd
IF all the world and love were young,
And truth in every shepherd’s tongue,
These pretty pleasures might me move
To live with thee and be thy Love.

But Time drives flocks from field to fold;
When rivers rage and rocks grow cold;
And Philomel becometh dumb;
The rest complains of cares to come.

The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
To wayward Winter reckoning yields:
A honey tongue, a heart of gall,
Is fancy’s spring, but sorrow’s fall.

Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of roses,
Thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies,
Soon break, soon wither—soon forgotten,
In folly ripe, in reason rotten.

Thy belt of straw and ivy-buds,
Thy coral clasps and amber studs,—
All these in me no means can move
To come to thee and be thy Love.

But could youth last, and love still breed,
Had joys no date, nor age no need,
Then these delights my mind might move
To live with thee and be thy Love.

This fortnight’s poem can be found here.

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