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 hia 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 ore 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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