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Public domain audiobooks, six days a week, for folks with a Catholic taste in literature. Enjoy! Clan Honor Mondays: Fitz-James O'Brien works. Lit Tuesdays: Short stories, novels, or poems. Acts of the Wednesdays: Early Christian works. Mystery Thursdays: Mystery short stories or novels. Lit Fridays: Short stories, novels, or poems. Saintly Saturdays: Later Christian works.

Mary reading to ChristA Vatican Library catalog page, 1518

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

#1: "Annus Mirabilis" by John Dryden

For England, 1666 was a year of war, plague, and fire. John Dryden was there.

I had never read "Annus Mirabilis" before I helped proofread it last year for Project Gutenberg. I'm not overly excited about England vs. Holland (not that it's bad), but the second part of the poem -- the Great Fire of London -- hit me hard, as you can no doubt tell from my reading.

(I apologize for the quietness of the recording and its overly large size. Next time, I'll do better.)

If you'd like to read the poem for yourself, it's in The Poetical Works of John Dryden, Volume 1 over at Project Gutenberg.

John Dryden died Catholic, btw.

Manual Download Links:
Part 1
Part 2


Anonymous miette said...

You're remarkable- a thousand times bolder than me- for taking on poetry (Dryden!!!!). I think your delivery style is exactly as it should be. Thanks for the great work.

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