by Walt Whitman
Read by Orson Welles
Presented by Peter Duval Smith
A Song of Myself was written in 1855, when Whitman was thirty-six, and published in that year as an untitled introduction to the first edition of Leaves of Grass. It was intended as a personal testament; its prophetic tone and the pantheism and idealism which it recommends remained a permanent characteristic of Whitman's verse. For this broadcast the poem has been slightly cut.
by Count Benckendorff
The Speaker was a member of the local government of the Tambov province until the outbreak of the first world war, when he returned to active service in the Russian Navy. In this talk he relates what happened after his demobilisation under the Soviet Government in 1917 when he went back to the family estate in Tambov.
A talk on the teaching function of the Liturgy by Father Illtud Evans
Professor of Sacred Eloquence at Blackfriars, Oxford
The Liturgy of the Church is intended to be intelligible and also to instruct those who take part in it: this has been the theme of the liturgical revival. Father Evans discusses this with special reference to the recently resitored Vigil of Easter The programme includes recordings from Downside Abbey.
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