The World's Best Poetry, Volume 2: Love (Part 2)

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The second of ten volumes of poetry edited by Canadian poet laureate Bliss Carman (1861-1929). This collection, the second of two parts, includes a range of famous and influential love poems relating to such topics as cautions and complaints; lovers; love's power; and wedded love. Summary by Tomas Peter. (6 hr 18 min)


Let Not Woman E'er Complain by Robert Burns 1:10 Read by Craig Franklin
To Chloe: An Apology for Going into the Country by Dr. John Wolcot (Peter Pinda… 2:39 Read by Anusha Iyer
A Woman's Answer by Adelaide Anne Procter 2:56 Read by Leanne Yau
Love's Blindness: Sonnet CXLVIII by William Shakespeare 1:31 Read by Jason in Panama
'Full Many a Glorious Morning': Sonnet XXXIII by William Shakespeare 1:23 Read by Leanne Yau
Alexis, Here She Stayed by William Drummond 1:33 Read by Anusha Iyer
Rivalry in Love by William Walsh 1:02 Read by Leanne Yau
My Dear and Only Love by James Graham, Marquis of Montrose 6:12 Read by Tomas Peter
The Faithful Lovers by Anonymous 2:37 Read by Leanne Yau
The Chronicle by Abraham Cowley 3:09 Read by Craig Franklin
Constancy by Anonymous 1:36 Read by Leanne Yau
The Age of Wisdom by William Makepeace Thackeray 2:09 Read by Anusha Iyer
The Common Doom by James Shirley 1:06 Read by Sonia
The Author's Resolution, in a Sonnet: From 'Fair Virtue' by George Wither 2:37 Read by Jason in Panama
Answer to Master Wither's Song, 'Shall I, Wasting in Despair' by Ben Jonson 2:30 Read by Tomas Peter
Forever Unconfessed by Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton 1:25 Read by Sonia
Advice to a Girl by Thomas Campion 1:15 Read by Craig Franklin
Si Jeunesse Savait! by Edmund Clarence Stedman 1:18 Read by Sonia
Waiting for the Grapes by William Maginn 2:03 Read by Tomas Peter
Give Me More Love or More Disdain by Thomas Carew 1:12 Read by Leanne Yau
Affaire d'Amour: For E.W.W. by Margaret Deland 1:30 Read by Anusha Iyer
A Renunciation by Edward Vere, Earl of Oxford 1:32 Read by Jason in Panama
Why So Pale and Wan? by Sir John Suckling 1:00 Read by Craig Franklin
A Woman's Question by Adelaide Anne Procter 2:33 Read by Leanne Yau
Not at All, or All in All: From 'Merlin and Vivien' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1:16 Read by Leanne Yau
When Do I See Thee Most?: From 'The House of Life' by Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1:17 Read by Sonia
Beauty by Lord Edward Thurlow 1:10 Read by Tomas Peter
Love in the Winds by Richard Hovey 1:14 Read by Sonia
Kissing Her Hair by Algernon Charles Swinburne 1:10 Read by Jason in Panama
My Sweet Sweeting: From a MS. Temp. Henry VIII by Anonymous 1:17 Read by Craig Franklin
Lines to an Indian Air: Serenade by Percy Bysshe Shelley 1:25 Read by Sonia
Serenade: From 'The Spanish Student' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 2:14 Read by Tomas Peter
First Love: From 'Don Juan,' Canto I by Lord Byron 3:20 Read by Anusha Iyer
Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 2:28 Read by Leanne Yau
I Saw Two Clouds at Morning by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard 1:19 Read by Leanne Yau
My Beautiful Lady by Thomas Woolner 2:35 Read by Jason in Panama
My Love (Her Portrait) by Russell Powell Jacoby 0:52 Read by Tomas Peter
A Christmas Scene (or, Love in the Country) by Thomas Osborne Davis 2:55 Read by Craig Franklin
Bedouin Love-Song by Bayard Taylor 1:48 Read by Jason in Panama
Zara's Ear-rings by John Gibson Lockhart 3:32 Read by Anusha Iyer
Hesperia by Algernon Charles Swinburne 8:58 Read by Jason in Panama
Come into the Garden, Maud by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 4:22 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Lochinvar (Lady Heron's Song): From 'Marmion,' Canto V by Sir Walter Scott 3:57 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
When Your Beauty Appears by Thomas Parnell 1:11 Read by Sonia
What My Lover Said by Homer Greene 3:15 Read by Sonia
Palabras Cariñosas (Spanish Air) by Thomas Bailey Aldrich 1:32 Read by Anusha Iyer
Seven Times Three: Love by Jean Ingelow 2:06 Read by Anusha Iyer
When the Kye Comes Hame by James Hogg 3:30 Read by Tomas Peter
The Milkmaid's Song by Sydney Dobell 5:20 Read by Sonia
Sally in Our Alley by Henry Carey 2:39 Read by Craig Franklin
On the Road by Paul Laurence Dunbar 1:45 Read by Tomas Peter
Ganging To and Ganging Frae by Eliza Cook 1:24 Read by Jason in Panama
The Spinning-Wheel Song by John Francis Waller 3:13 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Welcome by Thomas Davis 2:14 Read by Leanne Yau
Fetching Water from the Well by Anonymous 3:32 Read by Craig Franklin
Lady Clare by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 4:41 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Curfew Must Not Ring To-night by Rose Hartwick Thorpe 5:57 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Sleeping Beauty: From 'The Day Dream' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 6:28 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Eve of Saint Agnes by John Keats 22:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
So Sweet Love Seemed by Robert Seymour Bridges 1:35 Read by Tomas Peter
Echoes by Thomas Moore 1:03 Read by Sonia
Love's Young Dream: From 'Irish Melodies' by Thomas Moore 1:57 Read by Anusha Iyer
The Might of One Fair Face by Michelangelo 1:23 Read by Jason in Panama
My True-Love Hath My Heart by Sir Philip Sidney 1:05 Read by Leanne Yau
Were I as Base as Is the Lowly Plain by Joshua Sylvester 1:25 Read by Craig Franklin
When Stars Are in the Quiet Skies by Edward, Lord Lytton 1:30 Read by Sonia
Come, Rest in This Bosom: From 'Irish Melodies' by Thomas Moore 1:19 Read by Leanne Yau
The Gillyflower of Gold by William Morris 3:42 Read by Tomas Peter
The Landlady's Daughter by Ludwig Uhland 1:53 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms by Thomas Moore 1:22 Read by Sonia
Forget Thee? by John Moultrie 2:03 Read by Craig Franklin
Renouncement by Alice Meynell 1:22 Read by Anusha Iyer
Love by Robert Browning 0:51 Read by Jason in Panama
Last Night by Christian Winther 2:19 Read by Leanne Yau
Minstrels' Marriage-Song: From 'Oella: A Tragical Interlude' by Thomas Chattert… 1:51 Read by Anusha Iyer
Summer Days by Wathen Marks Wilks Call 2:38 Read by Leanne Yau
Fly to the Desert, Fly with Me: Song of Nourmahal in 'The Light of the Harem' b… 4:18 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
In a Gondola by Robert Browning 11:51 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Cleopatra by William Wetmore Story 7:04 Read by Sonia
Love by Thomas Kibble Hervey 1:52 Read by Sonia
Keats's Last Sonnet by John Keats 1:23 Read by Anusha Iyer
Stanzas Written on the Road between Florence and Pisa by Lord Byron 1:46 Read by Craig Franklin
The Song of the Camp by Bayard Taylor 2:35 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
To Fidessa by Bartholomew Griffin 1:29 Read by Tomas Peter
Meeting at Night by Robert Browning 1:11 Read by Anusha Iyer
Charlie Machree by William J. Hoppin 3:04 Read by Sonia
Hope Deferred by Anonymous 1:29 Read by Jason in Panama
The Old Maid by George Barlow 1:22 Read by Sonia
The Loveliness of Love by George Darley 2:22 Read by Leanne Yau
To One in Paradise by Edgar Allan Poe 1:38 Read by Tomas Peter
An Old Sweetheart of Mine by James Whitcomb Riley 3:36 Read by Craig Franklin
Rose Aylmer by Walter Savage Landor 0:53 Read by Jason in Panama
Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds: Sonnet CXVI by William Shakespeare 1:24 Read by Anusha Iyer
Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 8:25 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Sonnets by James Russell Lowell 3:02 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
My Love by James Russell Lowell 2:46 Read by Craig Franklin
Adam Describing Eve: From 'Paradise Lost,' Book VIII by John Milton 5:19 Read by Tomas Peter
Adam to Eve: From 'Paradise Lost,' Book IX by John Milton 2:20 Read by Jason in Panama
Brutus and Portia: From 'Julius Caesar,' Act II. Sc. 1 by William Shakespeare 4:22 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Lord Walter's Wife by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 5:15 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Paulina's Appeal: From 'Polyeucte' by Pierre Corneille 3:33 Read by Sonia
The Wife of Loki by Lady Charlotte Elliot 1:55 Read by Sonia
Like a Laverock in the Lift by Jean Ingelow 1:42 Read by Anusha Iyer
Were I But His Own Wife by Mary Downing 2:10 Read by Anusha Iyer
Two Lovers by Marian Evans Lewes Cross (George Eliot) 2:16 Read by Anusha Iyer
In Twos by William Channing Gannett 2:19 Read by Jason in Panama
Hebrew Wedding: From 'The Fall of Jerusalem' by Henry Hart Milman 2:09 Read by Tomas Peter
The Wedding-Day: From 'Epithalamion' by Edmund Spenser 5:58 Read by Craig Franklin
The Bride: From 'A Ballad Upon a Wedding' by Sir John Suckling 2:02 Read by Tomas Peter
Song: From an Old Song, 'Woo'd and Married and A'' by Joanna Baillie 3:35 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Newly-Wedded by Winthrop Mackworth Praed 1:23 Read by Sonia
The Poet's Bridal-Day Song by Allan Cunningham 3:03 Read by Jason in Panama
Thou Hast Sworn by Thy God, My Jeanie by Allan Cunningham 2:07 Read by Craig Franklin
Possession by Bayard Taylor 2:33 Read by Tomas Peter
My Ain Wife by Alexander Laing 1:17 Read by Craig Franklin
My Wife's a Winsome Wee Thing by Robert Burns 1:09 Read by Jason in Panama
The Poet's Song to His Wife by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) 1:23 Read by Leanne Yau
The Day Returns, My Bosom Burns by Robert Burns 1:17 Read by Tomas Peter
She Was a Phantom of Delight by William Wordsworth 2:06 Read by Anusha Iyer
Possession by Robert Bulwer Lytton (Owen Meredith) 1:30 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
My Heart Is a Lute by Lady Lindsay 1:17 Read by Leanne Yau
Reunited Love by Richard Doddridge Blackmore 1:55 Read by Sonia
A Woman's Complaint by Anonymous 2:37 Read by Leanne Yau
Love Lightens Labor by Anonymous 2:32 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Connubial Life: From 'The Seasons: Spring' by James Thomson 2:56 Read by Craig Franklin
The Retort by George Pope Morris 1:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Eggs and the Horses: A Matrimonial Epic by Anonymous 7:44 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Woman's Will: An Epigram by John Godfrey Saxe 0:41 Read by Anusha Iyer
The Worn Wedding-Ring by William Cox Bennett 3:37 Read by Jason in Panama
If Thou Wert by My Side, My Love by Reginald Heber 2:05 Read by Tomas Peter
There's Nae Luck About the House by Jean Adam 2:28 Read by Tomas Peter
Dolcino to Margaret by Charles Kingsley 0:54 Read by Craig Franklin
O Lay Thy Hand in Mine, Dear! by Gerald Massey 2:10 Read by Sonia
Faith and Hope by Rembrandt Peale 1:29 Read by Jason in Panama
Darby and Joan by Frederic Edward Weatherly 2:01 Read by Anusha Iyer
The Golden Wedding by David Gray 1:51 Read by Craig Franklin
The Fire of Love: From the 'Examen Miscellaneum,' 1708 by Charles Sackville, Ea… 1:03 Read by Sonia
Not Ours the Vows by Bernard Barton 1:19 Read by Leanne Yau
Laodamia by William Wordsworth 11:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
'Till Death Us Part' by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley 1:33 Read by Jason in Panama
The Old Man Dreams by Oliver Wendell Holmes 2:34 Read by Sonia
John Anderson, My Jo by Robert Burns 1:35 Read by Tomas Peter