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Richard Wagner

The legend of Tannhäuser, the Minstrel Knight who, having betrayed his love for the virtuous Elizabeth by dallying in the Venusberg, re…

English Bards and Scotch Reviewers

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George Gordon, Lord Byron

English Bards and Scotch Reviewers was first published anonymously in 1809 with Byron only identified as the author in the 2nd edition. Byro…

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: Canto III

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George Gordon, Lord Byron

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage is a narrative poem in four parts written by Lord Byron. It was published between 1812 and 1818. The poem describ…

Act 4

In Earth Spirit

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Frank Wedekind

Earth Spirit (1895) (Erdgeist) is a play by the German dramatist Frank Wedekind. It forms the first part of his pairing of 'Lulu' plays (the…

After Reading Psalms xxxix, xl, etc.

In Short Poetry Collection 115

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Thomas Hardy

This is a collection of poems read by LibriVox volunteers for December 2012.

Verses 1-19

In Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: Canto IV

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Lord Byron and George Gordon, Lord Byron

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage is a lengthy narrative poem in four parts written by Lord Byron. It was published between 1812 and 1818 and is de…

How Siegfried Journeyed Homeward With His Wife.

In Nibelungenlied

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translated by Daniel B. Shumway

The Nibelungenlied, translated as The Song of the Nibelungs, is an epic poem in Middle High German. The story tells of dragon-slayer Siegfri…

20 - Book First, Chapters 5 to 10. Of the kingdom of Mausul. Of the great city …

In The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, concerning the kingdoms and marvels o…

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Rustichello da Pisa and Rustichello Da Pisa

"Books of the Marvels of the World" or "Description of the World" (Divisament dou monde), also nicknamed "Il Milion…

Byron's Place among Poets

In The Mentor: Famous English Poets

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Hamilton Wright Mabie

This is Vol. 1, No. 44, Serial No. 44 of The Mentor, published in 1913. This edition of the Mentor Magazine focuses on six of England's mos…

Pont-Sur-Sambre -- The Travelling Merchant

In An Inland Voyage

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Robert Louis Stevenson

As a young man, Stevenson wished to be financially independent and began his literary career by writing travelogues. This is his first publi…

Selections from Severn and Somme

In First World War Centenary Poetry Collection

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Ivor Gurney

This collection of poetry, with its companion prose collection, commemorates the outbreak of the First World War on 28th July 1914. Most of …

Fourth Book: Poems 211-218

In The Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Pieces In the English Language

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Francis T. Palgrave

Palgrave's principal contribution to the development of literary taste was contained in his Golden Treasury of English Songs and Lyrics (186…

Hanrahan reproves the Curlew

In The Wind Among the Reeds

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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. He studied poetry in his youth and from a…

The founding of Alexandria (332 B.C.), by Plutarch

In The World’s Story Volume III: Egypt, Africa and Arabia

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Eva March Tappan

This is the third volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Ta…