The World's Best Poetry, Volume 1: Home and Friendship (Part 2)


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The first of ten volumes of poetry edited by Canadian poet laureate Bliss Carman (1861-1929). This collection, the second of two parts, includes a trove of poetry focusing on youth and young love; the home and domestic life; and the highs and lows of friendship. - Summary by Tomas Peter (5 hr 9 min)

Chapters

The Days Gone By by James Whitcomb Riley 1:35 Read by Leanne Yau
Seven Times Two: Romance by Jean Ingelow 2:20 Read by Tomas Peter
A Farewell by Charles Kingsley 0:57 Read by Jason in Panama
Riding Down by Nora Perry 2:13 Read by Leanne Yau
A Girl of Pompeii by Edward Sandford Martin 1:20 Read by Leanne Yau
In the Season by Robert Louis Stevenson 1:47 Read by Sonia
Sweet Stream, That Winds by William Cowper 1:02 Read by Jason in Panama
To My Grandmother by Frederick Locker-Lampson 2:46 Read by Craig Franklin
The School Girl by William Henry Venable 2:22 Read by Jason in Panama
Maidenhood by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 2:52 Read by Tomas Peter
To a Highland Girl by William Wordsworth 4:22 Read by Craig Franklin
Ruth by Thomas Hood 1:13 Read by Leanne Yau
The Pretty Girl of Loch Dan by Samuel Ferguson 3:38 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Ben Bolt by Thomas Dunn English 2:29 Read by Craig Franklin
Honey Dripping from the Comb by James Whitcomb Riley 1:13 Read by Leanne Yau
Lying in the Grass by Edmund Gosse 4:43 Read by Sonia
My Mother's Bible by George Pope Morris 1:48 Read by Craig Franklin
To the Virgins by Robert Herrick 1:12 Read by Sonia
Lauriger Horatius by Anonymous 1:11 Read by Tomas Peter
The 'Old, Old Song' by Charles Kingsley 1:10 Read by Craig Franklin
Gaudeamus Igitur by Anonymous 3:39 Read by Sonia
To Thaliarchus by Horace 1:41 Read by Sonia
A Knot of Blue (For the Boys of Yale) by Samuel Minturn Peck 1:18 Read by Leanne Yau
Dollie by Samuel Minturn Peck 1:26 Read by Jason in Panama
Beware by Ludwig Achim von Arnim 1:41 Read by Tomas Peter
Peg of Limavaddy by William Makepeace Thackeray 6:08 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Girl of All Periods by Coventry Patmore 2:39 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
On a Distant Prospect of Eton College by Thomas Gray 5:06 Read by Sonia
Spring Song by Bliss Carman 4:41 Read by Leanne Yau
Youth and Love: From 'Festus' by Philip James Bailey 2:43 Read by Jason in Panama
The Joys of the Road by Bliss Carman 4:00 Read by Tomas Peter
Hope and Fear by Algernon Charles Swinburne 1:27 Read by Jason in Panama
The Heritage by James Russell Lowell 3:30 Read by Sonia
To Youth by Walter Savage Landor 1:18 Read by Sonia
My Lost Youth by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 4:56 Read by Jason in Panama
Youth: From 'Youth and Age' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1:23 Read by Tomas Peter
The Flight of Youth by Richard Henry Stoddard 1:05 Read by Sonia
Ode to Solitude by Alexander Pope 1:26 Read by Sonia
Home by Leonidas 0:56 Read by Tomas Peter
The Day Is Done by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 2:01 Read by Leanne Yau
The Happiest Heart by John Vance Cheney 1:00 Read by Jason in Panama
Out of the Old House, Nancy by Will Carleton 6:04 Read by Craig Franklin
The Homes of England by Felicia Hemans 1:53 Read by Leanne Yau
The Auld House by Lady Nairne 4:21 Read by Tomas Peter
The House Beautiful by Robert Louis Stevenson 2:06 Read by Craig Franklin
If We Knew; or, Blessings of To-day by May Riley Smith 2:36 Read by Craig Franklin
The Soldier's Dream by Thomas Campbell 1:59 Read by Sonia
The Happy Mother by Alexander Laing 1:54 Read by Sonia
Tired Mothers by May Riley Smith 2:37 Read by Jason in Panama
The Song of the Old Mother by William Butler Yeats 1:21 Read by Tomas Peter
Rock Me to Sleep by Elizabeth Akers 2:56 Read by Leanne Yau
The Children by Charles M. Dickinson 3:30 Read by Jason in Panama
Not One to Spare by Anonymous 4:03 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Seven Times Six: Giving in Marriage by Jean Ingelow 1:58 Read by Jason in Panama
I Knew by the Smoke That So Gracefully Curled by Thomas Moore 1:30 Read by Tomas Peter
The Ingle-Side by Hew Ainslee 1:19 Read by Craig Franklin
By the Fireside by Lucy Larcom 3:09 Read by Leanne Yau
My Ain Fireside by Elizabeth Hamilton 2:24 Read by Craig Franklin
A Winter-Evening Hymn to My Fire by James Russell Lowell 3:33 Read by Sonia
The Light'ood Fire by John Henry Boner 1:45 Read by Craig Franklin
The Cotter's Saturday Night by Robert Burns 11:50 Read by Sonia
A New England Home in Winter: From 'Snow-Bound' by John Greenleaf Whittier 6:15 Read by Tomas Peter
Heart-Rest: From 'Philip van Artevelde' by Sir Henry Taylor 1:07 Read by Jason in Panama
The Means to Attain Happy Life by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey 1:23 Read by Craig Franklin
Homeward Bound by Catullus 1:23 Read by Sonia
The Hudson by George Sidney Hellman 1:16 Read by Tomas Peter
The Wanderer's Home: From 'The Traveller' by Oliver Goldsmith 3:11 Read by Craig Franklin
A Picture by Charles Gamage Eastman 1:48 Read by Sonia
In the Cellar: From 'Bitter Sweet' by Josiah Gilbert Holland 1:45 Read by Leanne Yau
Two Pictures by Annie D. Green (Marian Douglas) 1:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
A Shepherd's Life: From 'Third Part of Henry VI,' Act. II Sc. 5 by William Shak… 2:02 Read by Jason in Panama
The Country Life by Richard Henry Stoddard 2:39 Read by Sonia
The Swiss Peasant: From 'The Traveller' by Oliver Goldsmith 3:03 Read by Tomas Peter
When the Cows Come Home by Agnes E. Mitchell 3:50 Read by Sonia
Home Song by Duncan Campbell Scott 1:42 Read by Leanne Yau
Labor Song: From 'The Bell-Founder' by Denis Florence MacCarthy 2:04 Read by Tomas Peter
The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 2:33 Read by Sonia
Christmas by George Wither 4:33 Read by Tomas Peter
The Auld Folks by Andrew Park 1:29 Read by Tomas Peter
A Petition to Time by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) 1:06 Read by Leanne Yau
Home, Sweet Home: From 'Clari, the Maid of Milan' by John Howard Payne 2:10 Read by Jason in Panama
Friendship by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1:06 Read by Leanne Yau
Friendship: From 'Night Thoughts,' Night II. by Dr. Edward Young 3:27 Read by Craig Franklin
Bill and Joe: From 'Poems of the Class of Twenty-Nine' (Harvard) by Oliver Wend… 3:37 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Early Friendship by Aubrey Thomas de Vere 1:16 Read by Sonia
Young Friends: From 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Act. III Sc. 2 by William Shak… 1:22 Read by Leanne Yau
Friendship: From 'Hamlet,' Act. III Sc. 2 by William Shakespeare 1:41 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Memory of the Heart by Daniel Webster 1:09 Read by Leanne Yau
A Wayfaring Song by Henry van Dyke 1:15 Read by Leanne Yau
Parted Friends by James Montgomery 1:19 Read by Leanne Yau
When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought: Sonnet XXX by William Shakespeare 1:19 Read by Leanne Yau
Jaffar by Leigh Hunt 2:45 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Vale of Avoca by Thomas Moore 1:30 Read by Sonia
We Have Been Friends Together by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton 1:19 Read by Leanne Yau
Too Late I Stayed by William Robert Spencer 1:03 Read by Craig Franklin
We Are Brethren A' by Robert Nicoll 2:19 Read by Jason in Panama
Wife, Children, and Friends by William Robert Spencer 2:45 Read by Jason in Panama
Benedicite by John Greenleaf Whittier 2:19 Read by Tomas Peter
When in Disgrace: Sonnet XXIX by William Shakespeare 1:21 Read by Jason in Panama
Jenny Kissed Me by Leigh Hunt 0:48 Read by Jason in Panama
Not Marble, Nor the Gilded Monuments: Sonnet LV by William Shakespeare 1:27 Read by Tomas Peter
The Dead Friend: From 'In Memoriam' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 4:31 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Elegy on Captain Matthew Henderson by Robert Burns 4:51 Read by Craig Franklin
And Doth Not a Meeting Like This by Thomas Moore 2:54 Read by Sonia
We Love but Few by Anonymous 1:41 Read by Craig Franklin
The Garret by William Makepeace Thackeray 2:31 Read by Tomas Peter
A Temple to Friendship by Thomas Moore 1:34 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Platonic by William B. Terrett 3:26 Read by Leanne Yau
Friend and Lover by Mary Ainge de Vere (Madeline Bridges) 0:46 Read by Craig Franklin
The Boys: From 'Poems of the Class of Twenty-Nine' (Harvard) by Oliver Wendell … 3:20 Read by Jason in Panama
The Cane-Bottomed Chair by William Makepeace Thackeray 4:05 Read by Tomas Peter
The Welcome by Faríd-Uddín Attar 2:32 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Quarrel of Brutus and Cassius: From 'Julius Caesar,' Act. IV Sc. 3 by William S… 7:32 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Sparkling and Bright by Charles Fenno Hoffman 1:21 Read by Leanne Yau
Wreathe the Bowl by Thomas Moore 2:06 Read by Tomas Peter
A Winter Wish by Robert Hinckley Messinger 2:52 Read by Craig Franklin
The Mahogany-Tree by William Makepeace Thackeray 1:54 Read by Sonia
The Ballad of Bouillabaisse by William Makepeace Thackeray 4:50 Read by Sonia
The Dead Poet-Friend by Callimachus 1:08 Read by Sonia
Mors et Vita by Samuel Waddington 0:57 Read by Craig Franklin
To Seek a Friend: Extracts from 'Friendship' by William Cowper 4:27 Read by Jason in Panama
Advice by William Dunbar 1:38 Read by Craig Franklin
The Friend: From 'On Friendship' by Nicholas Grimoald 2:18 Read by Jason in Panama
Take the World as It Is by Charles Swain 1:54 Read by Sonia
Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns 3:59 Read by LibriVox Volunteers