OFFICIAL language, when written by junior officials with not too firm a grasp of syntax, leads to many strange blunders and bulls. Lieut.-Col. Atkinson has collected a great number of good stories from every branch of the Civil Service, and Civil Servants will probably enjoy them as much as the uninitiated.
Sung by ISABEL I'ANSON
Hidden Love (Verborg'ne Liebe) (Björnsen) ;
Solveig's Cradle Song (Ibsen) ; Two Brown eyes (Zwei braune Augeri) (Andersen) ; The Swan (Ibsen) ; By the Riverside (Am einem Bache).
LJIDDEN LOVE tells how a maiden danced light-heartedly, unaware of a man's devotion. Then, when he had taken his leave, she grieved sorely, but none ever knew. Through years of absence his heart was pained, and finally he came home again, to find her heart had been true to him. But not a soul ever knew it' very quietly ends the song.
Solveig's Cradle Song comes at the end of Peer Gynt. When Peer returns after his wild adventures, he finds the faithful and forgiving Solveig, his first love, awaiting him in the forest hut he built. As his troublous life ends she sings this song of her simple trust.
In the Two Brown Eyes of which he joyously sings the lover has discovered a light that tells him the maiden is his now and for ever.
The Swan is a meditation on the ancient idea that the swan, as death approaches, sings her first and only song.
In By the Riverside the poet apostrophizes an old tree whose supporting earth, as it bends to kiss the river, is gnawed away by the greedy stream that ' with false embrace ' seeks its fall.
TODAY Professor Lascelles Abercrombie will discuss those poets who tried to do to Victorian literature what Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown, and the rest did to Victorian painting-go back to the Middle Ages, and revolt alike against the romanticism of the nineteenth century, and the classicism of the Augustan age. The leaders of the movement were William Morris and Rossetti, the poet-painter, and under their influence came at various times other notable poets-even Swinburne showing clear traces of it in some of his works.
In this talk the author of 'The Blue Lagoon,' and many other successful novels and plays, will describe the new country that sounds more romantic under its pre-war name of Bohemia. Not the least interesting of his experiences there was his meeting with Karel Capek, one of the most notable European men of letters, who is known here for his remarkable plays, R.U.R. and The Insect Play.
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