The World's Best Poetry, Volume 3: Sorrow and Consolation (Part 1)

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The third of ten volumes of poetry edited by Canadian poet laureate Bliss Carman (1861-1929). This collection includes a range of famous poems relating to such topics as disappointment in love; parting and absence; adversity; comfort and cheer; death and bereavement; and consolation. It also includes an introductory essay by American theologian Lyman Abbott (1835-1922). There are links to sung versions of some of the poems on the Internet Archive page. Summary by Tomas Peter (6 hr 5 min)


An Interpreter of Life by Lyman Abbott 30:31 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Course of True Love: From "Midsummer Night's Dream," Act I. Sc. 1 by Willia… 1:30 Read by Gaby
Lady Clara Vere de Vere by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 3:26 Read by Tomas Peter
Linda to Hafed: From "The Fire-Worshippers" by Thomas Moore 2:19 Read by Sonia
Love Not by Caroline Elizabeth Sheridan (Hon. Mrs. Norton) 1:34 Read by Lian Pang
The Princess by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson 1:14 Read by Sonia
Unrequited Love: From "Twelfth Night," Act I. Sc. 4 by William Shakespeare 1:27 Read by Lian Pang
Fair Ines by Thomas Hood 2:34 Read by Gaby
The Banks o' Doon by Robert Burns 1:46 Read by Tomas Peter
Sonnet: From "Astrophel and Stella" by Sir Philip Sidney 1:23 Read by Lian Pang
Agatha by Alfred Austin 2:01 Read by Sonia
The Sun-Dial by Austin Dobson 3:48 Read by Lian Pang
Locksley Hall by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 16:28 Read by Tomas Peter
Song by Sir Walter Scott 1:12 Read by Lian Pang
Auld Robin Gray by Lady Anne Barnard 3:27 Read by Tomas Peter
To a Portrait by Arthur Symons 1:05 Read by Lian Pang
Maud Muller by John Greenleaf Whittier 6:35 Read by Gaby
The Palm and the Pine by Heinrich Heine 1:22 Read by Gaby
Cumnor Hall by William Julius Mickle 6:08 Read by Sonia
Waly, Waly by Anonymous 3:27 Read by Tomas Peter
Lady Ann Bothwell's Lament: A Scottish Song by Anonymous 3:18 Read by Lian Pang
My Heid Is Like to Rend, Willie by William Motherwell 3:34 Read by Tomas Peter
Ashes of Roses by Elaine Goodale Eastman 0:54 Read by Lian Pang
A Woman's Love by John Hay 2:30 Read by Lian Pang
The Shadow Rose by Robert Cameron Rogers 0:55 Read by Gaby
Has Summer Come without the Rose? by Arthur O'Shaughnessy 2:05 Read by Gaby
The Dirty Old Man: A Lay of Leadenhall by William Allingham 4:19 Read by Sonia
Home, Wounded by Sydney Dobell 8:10 Read by Tomas Peter
Divided by Jean Ingelow 8:18 Read by Gaby
To Diane de Poitiers by Clément Marot 1:16 Read by Gaby
The Spinner by Mary Ainge De Vere (Madeline Bridges) 1:22 Read by Sonia
Take, O, Take Those Lips Away by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher 1:38 Read by Gaby
Woman's Inconstancy by Sir Robert Ayton 1:52 Read by Lian Pang
Time's Revenge by Agathias 0:58 Read by Sonia
The Dream by Lord Byron 12:44 Read by Gaby
Alas! How Light a Cause May Move: From "The Light of the Harem" by Thomas Moore 2:43 Read by Gaby
Blighted Love by Luís de Camões 1:14 Read by Lian Pang
The Nevermore by Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1:13 Read by Tomas Peter
The Portrait by Robert Bulwer-Lytton (Owen Meredith) 5:26 Read by Gaby
Only a Woman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik 4:54 Read by Lian Pang
Dorothy in the Garret by John Townsend Trowbridge 7:22 Read by Gaby
The Nun and Harp by Harriet Prescott Spofford 2:01 Read by Sonia
Fidelity in Doubt by Guiraud Le Roux 1:15 Read by Lian Pang
Faith by Frances Anne Kemble-Butler 0:48 Read by Lian Pang
Parting by Coventry Patmore 1:15 Read by Sonia
To Lucasta, On Going to the Wars by Richard Lovelace 0:57 Read by Tomas Peter
Good-bye by Anonymous 2:13 Read by Gaby
Ae Fond Kiss before We Part by Robert Burns 2:11 Read by Tomas Peter
O, My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns 1:34 Read by Tomas Peter
Maid of Athens, Ere We Part by Lord Byron 2:04 Read by Gaby
Song of the Young Highlander Summoned from His Bride by the "Fiery Cross of Rod… 2:01 Read by Tomas Peter
Black-Eyed Susan by John Gay 3:24 Read by Gaby
The Parting Lovers by Anonymous 1:01 Read by Sonia
Lochaber No More by Allan Ramsay 2:11 Read by Tomas Peter
As Slow Our Ship by Thomas Moore 2:13 Read by Gaby
Qua Cursum Ventus by Arthur Hugh Clough 1:52 Read by Sonia
Adieu, Adieu! My Native Shore by Lord Byron 1:21 Read by Gaby
Farewell to His Wife by Lord Byron 2:58 Read by Tomas Peter
Come, Let Us Kisse and Parte by Michael Drayton 1:18 Read by Sonia
Farewell! Thou Art Too Dear: Sonnet LXXXVII by William Shakespeare 1:36 Read by Gaby
Kathleen Mavourneen by Julia (or Louisa Macartney) Crawford 1:32 Read by Lian Pang
We Parted in Silence by Julia (or Louisa Macartney) Crawford 1:46 Read by Lian Pang
Auf Wiedersehen: Summer by James Russell Lowell 1:54 Read by Gaby
Palinode: Autumn by James Russell Lowell 1:53 Read by Gaby
Farewell!—But Whenever by Thomas Moore 1:53 Read by Sonia
Parting of Hector and Andromache: From "The Iliad," Book VI by Homer 8:44 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Hector to His Wife: From "The Iliad," Book VI by Homer 1:55 Read by Tomas Peter
To Lucasta by Richard Lovelace 1:21 Read by Lian Pang
To Her Absent Sailor: From "The Tent on the Beach" by John Greenleaf Whittier 2:27 Read by Sonia
I Love My Jean by Robert Burns 1:12 Read by Tomas Peter
Jeanie Morrison by William Motherwell 4:39 Read by Tomas Peter
O, Saw Ye Bonnie Leslie? by Robert Burns 1:23 Read by Tomas Peter
The Rustic Lad's Lament in the Town by David Macbeth Moir 2:18 Read by Tomas Peter
Absence by Frances Anne Kemble 2:17 Read by Lian Pang
Robin Adair by Lady Caroline Keppel 1:50 Read by Sonia
Daisy by Francis Thompson 3:26 Read by Gaby
Song of Egla by Maria Gowen Brooks (Maria del Occidente) 1:49 Read by Sonia
What Ails This Heart o' Mine? by Susanna Blamire 1:42 Read by Tomas Peter
Love's Memory: From "All's Well That Ends Well," Act I. Sc. 1 by William Shakes… 1:21 Read by Lian Pang
Absence by Anonymous 0:43 Read by Lian Pang
Thinkin' Long by Anna MacManus (Ethna Carbery) 1:19 Read by Sonia
"Tears, Idle Tears": From "The Princess" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1:44 Read by Lian Pang
The Old Familiar Faces by Charles Lamb 1:54 Read by Tomas Peter
Come to Me, Dearest by Joseph Brenan 3:18 Read by Gaby
The Wife to Her Husband by Anonymous 1:49 Read by Sonia
My Old Kentucky Home: Negro Song by Stephen Collins Foster 2:44 Read by Lian Pang
Old Folks at Home by Stephen Collins Foster 2:12 Read by Lian Pang
The Present Good: From "The Task," Book VI by William Cowper 0:40 Read by Sonia
Man by Walter Savage Landor 0:37 Read by Lian Pang
The World by Francis, Lord Bacon 1:45 Read by Sonia
Moan, Moan, Ye Dying Gales by Henry Neele 1:24 Read by Sonia
The Vanity of the World by Francis Quarles 2:34 Read by Tomas Peter
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind: From "As You Like It," Act II. Sc. 7 by William S… 1:23 Read by Lian Pang
The Wail of Prometheus Bound: From "Prometheus" by Aeschylus 2:51 Read by Sonia
Samson on His Blindness: From "Samson Agonistes" by John Milton 1:28 Read by Lian Pang
Lines by Chidiock Tichborne 1:50 Read by Gaby
Hence, All Ye Vain Delights: From "The Nice Valour," Act III. Sc. 3 by John Fle… 1:21 Read by Lian Pang
The Fall of Cardinal Wolsey: From "King Henry VIII," Act III. Sc. 2 by William … 3:50 Read by Tomas Peter
The Approach of Age: From "Tales of the Hall" by George Crabbe 1:59 Read by Sonia
Stanzas Written in Dejection near Naples by Percy Bysshe Shelley 3:11 Read by Gaby
Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats 5:29 Read by Tomas Peter
Perished: Catskill Mountain House by Mary Louise Ritter 1:16 Read by Sonia
Byron's Latest Verses by Lord Byron 2:15 Read by Sonia
A Doubting Heart by Adelaide Anne Procter 1:41 Read by Lian Pang
The Voiceless by Oliver Wendell Holmes 1:30 Read by Sonia
A Lament by Percy Bysshe Shelley 0:57 Read by Tomas Peter
"What Can an Old Man Do but Die?" by Thomas Hood 1:36 Read by Gaby
Over the Hill to the Poor-house by Will Carleton 7:31 Read by Gaby
Old by Ralph Hoyt 7:20 Read by Tomas Peter
The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes 2:27 Read by Gaby
The Last Leaf: Ya Perezhil Svoï Zhelanya by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin 1:02 Read by Sonia
The Old Vagabond by Pierre-Jean de Béranger 2:41 Read by Sonia
The Beggar by Thomas Moss 2:51 Read by Tomas Peter
A Rough Rhyme on a Rough Matter: The English Game Laws by Charles Kingsley 5:08 Read by Gaby
"They Are Dear Fish to Me" by Anonymous 2:24 Read by Tomas Peter
Give Me Three Grains of Corn, Mother: The Irish Famine by Amelia Blandford Edwa… 2:51 Read by Lian Pang
The Song of the Shirt by Thomas Hood 3:48 Read by Lian Pang
The Pauper's Drive by Thomas Noel 2:18 Read by Sonia
Unseen Spirits by Nathaniel Parker Willis 1:51 Read by Tomas Peter
Beautiful Snow by James W. Watson 3:30 Read by Sonia
London Churches by Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton) 1:33 Read by Lian Pang
The Bridge of Sighs by Thomas Hood 4:39 Read by Gaby
Guilty, or Not Guilty? by Anonymous 3:09 Read by Tomas Peter
The Female Convict by Letitia Elizabeth Landon 4:39 Read by Gaby
Hopeless Grief by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1:15 Read by Sonia