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Read by Tim Graham & Ghizela Rowe (Unabridged: 1hr 1min)
Featuring poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southwell, Robert Herrick, WB Yeats, John Milton, Rudyard Kipling & others.
Christmas, they say, comes but once a year. In these days it seems to also last for much of that year but this volume is not just for Christmas!
For the religious amongst us this annual celebration of the Birth of Christ must seem bitter sweet; it’s acknowledgment by billions of people countered by the pervasive spread of material possessions translating the event to little more than a sales pitch for their own wares.
Most religions celebrate their founders but Christianity seems somehow to have lost possession of one of its key rituals in an ever more secular West. The spread of globalisation seems to have hindered rather than helped the true meaning of the festival.
Children today are much more interested in what presents they might receive than any spiritual message. As parents too, most of us buy into this and indulge our offspring rather than instil the underlying themes and aims of the festival’s meaning common to us all.
In this collection we rely on the words and wisdom of such fine poets as John Milton, Emily Dickinson, Sir Walter Scott, Daniel Sheehan, Wordsworth, Longfellow and a whole host of others to absorb us in a Christmas time of hope and togetherness.
The experiences and memories they share with us speak of a time, of a world that did have a common purpose and an ambition to share good fortune with everyone. This selection is read for you by Ghizela Rowe and Tim Graham.
In this compilation -
|01 - Christmas - An Introroduction|
|02 - A Nativity By Rudyard Kipling|
|03 - A Visit From St Nicholas ( (T'Was The Night Before Christmas) By Clement Moore|
|04 - The Oxen By Thomas Hardy TIM|
|05 - The Three Kings By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow|
|06 - Christmas Eve By Christina Rossetti|
|07 - On The Morning Of Christs Nativity By John Milton|
|08 - The Burning Babe By Robert Southwell|
|09 - The Nativity Of Our Lord And Saviour Jesus Christ By Christopher Smart|
|10 - The Mother Of God By William Butler Yeats|
|11 - The House Of Christmas By GK Chesterton|
|12 - The Masque Of Christmas By Ben Jonson|
|13 - The Old Year By John Clare|
|14 - Upon Christ His Birth By Sir John Suckling|
|15 - An Ode Of The Birth Of Our Saviour By Robert Herrick|
|16 - A Christmas Carol By Aubrey De Vere|
|17 - A Christmas Carol By GK Chesterton|
|18 - A Christmas Carol By Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
|19 - Christmas Poem By Robert Herrick|
|20 - Ceremonies For Christmas By Robert Herrick|
|21 - Christmas Carol By Sara Teasdale|
|22 - The Mahogany Tree By William Makepeace Thackeray|
|23 - Minstrels A Christmas Poem By William Wordsworth|
|24 - Old Christmastide (An Extract) By Sir Walter Scott TIM|
|25 - Joseph by GK Chesterton|
|26 - The Nativity By Henry Vaughan|
|27 - Nativity By John Donne|
|28 - The Beautiful Mother By Jacopone Da Todi|
|29 - New Prince New Pomp By Robert Southwell|
|30 - In The Bleak Midwinter By Christina Rossetti|
|31 - Winters Naked Wood By Daniel Sheehan|
|32 - Christmas At Sea By Robert Louis Stevenson|
|33 - No Mercy Here By Daniel Sheehan|
|34 - A Christmas Ghost Story By Thomas Hardy|
|35 - God Rest By Daniel Sheehan|
|36 - December Sales Drive By Daniel Sheehan|
|37 - Christmas For Atheists By Daniel Sheehan|
|38 - Carol By Ben Jonson|
|39 - The Savior Must Have Been A Docile Gentleman By Emily Dickinson|
|40 - T'Was Just This Time Last Year I Died By Emily Dickinson|
|41 - As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer By Emily Dickinson|
|42 - Christmas Fancies By Ella Wheeler Wilcox|
|43 - Ring Out Wild Bells Christmas Poem By Alfred lord Tennyson|
|44 - Christmas Bells By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow|