Miss C. VON WYSS : 'Nature Study for Town and Country Schools-IX, Winter Sleep '
3.0 Miss MARJORIE BARBER : ' Stories and Story-telling in Prose and Verso-Epic
Sung by TATIANA MAKUSHINA
The Dreary Steppe. As I walk in the lonely steppe in the darkness I think of thee, and it seems that all grows brighter and lovelier around me.
Over the Mountain. When I hear the cock crow on the hill, when I see the water ripple on the lake-sad is my heart.
In the Early Morning. When the first birds sing in the morning a maiden weeps, imprisoned on a rock in the middle of the sea. Neither her father nor mother have pity for her, but there comes a handsome youth who sees her plight and saves her.
All Things Depart. I cannot sing merry songs, when I think of how all things pass and vanish for ever.
Lilac. I will go and seek my luck in the lilac, for I am sure I shall find it there.
0, never sing to me again. Thy songs awaken memories that are too sweet and too sad.
The Dreary Steppe - Gretchaninov
Over the Mountain - Gretchaninov
In the Early Morning (Two Folk Songs) - Gretchaninov
All Things Depart - Rachmaninov
O, never sing to me again - Rachmaninov
A Reading by Miss Sackville West from Dr. Robert Bridge's Poem
On his eighty-fifth birthday, the Poet Laureate published a poem longer and finer than anything he had ever written before. 'It is' - to quote the Times - 'the out-pouring of the accumulated wisdom, experience, scholarship, and poetic craftsmanship of one of the richest and mellowest spirits of our time.' 'The Testament of Beauty,' which is dedicated to the King, is a philosophical poem of more than 4,000 lines; it is the good fruit of a long life; it should serve to remind the pessimists that, even today, 'mighty spirits are abroad.' Though philosophical, the poem is starred throughout with beautiful passages of natural description such as we expect from this master-painter's hand; for the rest, it ranges over the whole gamut of life - not omiting, incidentally, a tribute to broadcasting. Unthinking critics have not been slow to complain of our Poet Laureate's 'inactivity': but Dr Bridges, from the dignified isolation of a great mind and heart, has bided his time and now, at the conclusions of his long life, he has given to the world a poem calculated to restore our faith in the power of poetry and our belief that the age of Titans is not dead.
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