LibriVox volunteers bring you 13 recordings of True Culture by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919).
This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 16th to December 23rd, 2012.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was ” Solitude”, which contains the lines: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone”. Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death.
(Summary from Wikipedia)
http://www.archive.org/download/true_culture_1212_librivox/trueculture_wilcox_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 5s (mp3@64kb)
Download locations: mp3 128kb : mp3 64kb : ogg vorbis.
Catalogue pages: LibriVox, Internet Archive.
Zip of the entire book (6.2MB@64kb), featuring all 14 readers of this poem, with a total running time of 13m 1s.
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Book Coordinator: David Lawrence
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The highest culture is to speak no ill,
The best reformer is the man whose eyes
Are quick to see all beauty and all worth;
And by his own discreet, well-ordered life,
Alone reproves the erring.
When thy gaze
Turns in on thine own soul, be most severe.
But when it falls upon a fellow-man
Let kindliness control it; and refrain
From that belittling censure that springs forth
From common lips like weeds from marshy soil.
This week’s poem can be found here.