July 4th, A Holiday In Verse (Audiobook)
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Read by John Michael MacDonald, Richard Mitchley & Ghizela Rowe (Unabridged: 1hr 24mins)

On 29th November 1775 Thomas Jefferson said “Believe me, dear Sir, there is not, in the British Empire, a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist, before I yield to such a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose, and in this I think I speak the sentiments of America”.

The War for Independence had already started some months previously and with no prospect of a reconciliation it was on the 4th of July 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was announced by the Continental Congress and that the thirteen colonies no longer considered themselves part of the British Empire and were now an Independent Nation – The United States of America.

Their proclamation of independence set human history on a new path. “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that amongst these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Here our poets reflect on why this day is so proudly celebrated each and every year.  


In this compilation - 

01 - July - An Introduction
02 - July 2nd 1863 By Tom Reynolds
03 - America, From The National Ode July 4th 1876 By James Bayard Taylor
04 - 4th July 1882, Malines, Midnight By James Kenneth Stephen
05 - Fourth Of July By Julia A Moore
06 - July 4th 1857 By Alfred Gibbs Campbell
07 - Ode For July 4th 1917 By HP Lovecraft
08 - Ode For The 4th Of July By James Monroe Whitfield
09 - Sonnet LVII - Summit Of Skiddaw, July 7th 1838 By Henry Alford
10 - July 9th 1872 By Abram Joseph Ryan
11 - London In July By Amy Levy
12 - St Martins Summer By Robert Louis Stevenson
13 - Summer By Alexander Pope
14 - L' Envoi (An Extract) By Rudyard Kipling
15 - Broadway, New York, July 1916 By George Sterling
16 - In This Summer By Daniel Sheehan
17 - A July Afternoon By The Pond By Walt Whitman
18 - On The Grasshopper And Cricket By John Keats
19 - Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day (Sonnet 18) By William Shakespeare
20 - On My Sons Return Out Of England July 17th 1661 By Anne Bradstreet
21 - Sonnet July 18th 1787 By William Lisle Bowles
22 - Verses Upon The Burning Of Our House July 18th 1666 By Anne Bradstreet
23 - Sonnet At Dover Cliffs July 20th 1787 By William Lisle Bowles
24 - Summer Sun By Robert Louis Stevenson
25 - Sonnet At Ostend July 22nd 1787 By William Lisle Bowles
26 - Between The Dusk Of Summer By William Ernest Henley
27 - Summer Night By Alfred Lord Tennyson
28 - The School Boy By William Blake
29 - Answer July By Emily Dickinson
30 - Written In July By Samuel Rogers
31 - From My Diary July 1914 By Wilfred Owen
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