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The Gift of Poetry


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The Gift of Poetry

Alec Guinness;
Richard Burton;
John Betjeman; Robert Donat
Orson Welles; Laurie Lee
etc

Catalogue Number: ALN 1968
Number of Discs: 1
Date/Runtime: Time: 78:42, stereo
Barcode: 5055354419683




“Over 78 minutes of sustained quality in favourites, all performed by legendary voices and looks like another UK best-seller”

  • 1 W.H.Auden: The Night Mail / John Laurie 2:13
  • 2 Laurie Lee: April / Laurie Lee 1:21
  • 3 Oscar Wilde: Ballad of Reading Gaol/ Frank Duncan 6:34
  • 4 Robert Burns: Red, Red Rose / John Neville 0:46
  • Alec Guinness reading: (*with Osian Ellis, harp)

  • 5 E.E.Cummings: Sweet Spring 1:05
  • 6 E.E.Cummings: When Faces Called Flowers…. 1:20
  • 7 E.E.Cummings: The Moon Looked into my Window 1:04
  • 8 Thomas H. Bayly: Ask Me Not For Sportive Lays* 1:04
  • 9 Cornelius Whur: The Female Friend* 1:52
  • 10 Thomas H. Bayly: Toujours Le Meme* 2:08
  • 11 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Exelsior* 2:34
  • Richard Burton reading:

  • 12 Thomas Hardy: Wessex Heights 2:48
  • 13 Thomas Hardy: The Voice 0:54
  • 14 John Clare: Autumn 0:47
  • 15 Christopher Marlowe: The Passionate Shepherd 0:58
  • 16 Walter Raleigh: Nymph’s Reply 1:13
  • 17 Bishop Henry King: from Exequy on his Wife 0:39
  • 18 William Dunbar: from Lament of the Makers 0:45
  • 19 Robert Graves: Welsh Incident 2:33
  • John Betjeman reading Betjeman:

  • 20 The Church’s Restoration 1:14
  • 21 Olympic Girl 1:26
  • 22 Seaside Golf 1:07
  • 23 Business Women 1:00
  • 24 Indoor Games near Newbury 2:25
  • 25 How to get on in Society 0:55
  • 26 Licorice Fields at Pontefract 1:29
  • Robert Donat reading:

  • 27 A. E. Housman: From Far from Eve and Morning 0:42
  • 28 John Betjeman: Death at Leamington 1:27
  • 29 Coventry Patmore: The Toys 1:54
  • 30 T. S. Eliot: Gus, the Theatre Cat 3:09
  • 31 Yuan Jie: Drunk Song on Stone Fish Lake 1:10
  • 32 Robert Browning: Ring and the Book (extract). 2:34
  • 33 Wm Shakespeare: On her Reign (from Henry VIII) 1:18
  • 34 Shakespeare: ‘Dirge for Fidele’ from Cymbeline
    (Fear no more the Heat of the Sun…) 1:31
  • 35 William Wordsworth: Intimations of Immortality 11:01
  • 36 John Donne: A Devotion (No Man is an Island) /
    Orson Welles 4:10
  • 37 Langston Hughes: Freedom Train / Paul Robeson 2:53
  • 38 Abraham Lincoln: The Gettysburg address
    / Orson Welles 2:48