William Wordsworth: The Prelude (unabridged)

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William Wordsworth: The Prelude (unabridged)

Catalogue No:

NA0134

Series:

Poetry

Discs:

6

Release date:

4th June 2013

Barcode:

9781843797319

Length:

6 hours 51 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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William Wordsworth: The Prelude (unabridged)


read by Nicholas Farrell

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William Wordsworth: The Prelude (Unabridged)

The Prelude, Book First

And now it would content me to yield up…

Was it for this, that one, the fairest of all rivers…

Wisdom and Spirit of the universe!

Meanwhile abroad incessant rain was falling…

Book Second

Our steeds remounted and the summons given…

Hard task, vain hope, to analyse the mind…

'Twere long to tell…

Book Third

As if awakened, summoned, roused, constrained…

Could I behold…

In this mixed sort…

This truth escaped me not…

And sure it is…

Book Fourth

And when at evening on the public way…

But now there opened on me other thoughts…

When from our better selves…

Book Fifth

Far stronger, now, grew the desire I felt…

We had been followed, hourly watched…

These mighty workmen of our later age…

A precious treasure had I long possessed…

Book Sixth

On the vague reading of a truant youth…

The varied banks of Emont…

When the third summer freed us from restraint…

She ceased to speak…

Dejection taken up for pleasure's sake…

While yet a youth undisciplined in verse…

Book Seventh

Nor had Fancy fed with less delight…

And to these exhibitions, mute and still…

Distress of mind ensued upon the sight…

But some - while he forewarns…

Though reared upon the base of outward things…

Book Eighth

Yea, when a glimpse of those imperial bowers…

And when the spring looks out…

Yet deem not, Friend! that human kind…

A grove there is…

But let him pause awhile, and look again…

Book Ninth

A band of military Officers…

It could not be but that one tutored thus…

We summoned up the honourable deeds…

And sometimes, when to a convent in a meadow green…

Book Tenth

Yet did I grieve…

Oh! much have they to account for…

But, even if that were not…

Book Eleventh

They who had fed their childhood upon dreams…

Thus expectation rose again…

Thus, O Friend! through times of honour…

Book Twelfth

Nor only did the love of sitting thus…

Such moments are scattered everywhere…

Book Thirteenth

Oh! next to one dear state of bliss…

Be mine to follow with no timid step…

Book Fourteenth

Them the enduring and the transient…

But joy to him…

Yet one word more of personal concern…

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