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Christmas Carol Collection 2018 by VARIOUS

LibriVox volunteers bring you a festive selection of 21 Christmas carols for the 2018 holiday. This year’s collection includes traditional favorites and lesser-known selections in English, Dutch, French, Greek, Scottish Gaelic, and German. The singers wish all listeners around the world a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. – Summary by Maria Kasper

Avent; words traditional French; music by Ezwa.
The Bitter Withy; words and music traditional.
Ça Bergers; words traditional French; music by Ezwa.
The Cherry Tree; words and music traditional.
Χριστός Γεννάται Δοξάσατε (Christos Gennatai); words by Cosmas of Maiuma (d. 794); music by William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921).
Constant Christmas; words by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893); music by Timothy R. Matthews (1826–1910).
Coventry Carol; words and music traditional.
De Vos Ravissantes Voix; words traditional French; music by Ezwa.
The First Noel; words and music traditional.
De Herdertjes Lagen Bij Nachte; words and music by Joseph Alberdingk Thijm (1820-1889).
In the Bleak Midwinter; words by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894); music by Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
King Herod and the Cock; words and music traditional.
Leanabh An Aigh; words by Mary M MacDonald (1789–1872); music traditional.
Many Hundred Years Ago; words by Bernard Reynolds (b. 1850); music by George Currie Martin (1865-1937).
Noel; words traditional French; music by Ezwa.
O Come, O Come Emmanuael; words traditional Latin, English translation by John Mason Neale (1818-1866); music traditional.
See Amid the Winter Snow; words by John Goss (1800-1880); music by Romano.
Silent Night; words in German by Joseph Mohr (1792-1848); English translation by John F. Young (1820-1885); music by Franz Xaver Gruber (1786-1863).
Sois Bénis; words traditional French; music by Ezwa.
There’s a Song in the Air; words by Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881); tune by Karl P. Harrington (1861-1953).
Auld Lang Syne; words by Robert Burns (1759-1796); music traditional.

Note: The Silent Night chorus consists of 57 LibriVox singers in German and English, organized and edited by Twinkle88. German text; English text

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Cupid’s Whirligig by SHARPHAM, Edward

Cupid’s Whirligig is a city comedy: a play in colloquial language dealing with the everyday life of London’s citizens. A knight, Sir Timothy Troublesome, suspects his wife of cheating on him and, to prove that any children she bears are not his own, decides to ‘geld’ himself. Meanwhile, the young Lord Nonsuch dreams of bedding the knight’s wife, and in disguise enters the Troublesomes’ employ as a servant. Cupid descends from the heavens to cast a love spell on the citizens of London and, by the last act, one character loves another, who loves another, and so on until the last loves the first: a “Cupid’s whirligig”. The knight’s faithful servant, Wages, hatches a plot to match each man with his proper wife. – Summary by Rob Board
Narrator: Chuck Williamson
Cupid: Beth Thomas
Old Lord Nonsuch: alanmapstone
Alderman Venter: ToddHW
Sir Timothy Troublesome: Jason in Panama
Lady Troublesome: Sonia
Master Correction: Nigel Fisher
Mistress Correction: Availle
Peg, the Lady Troublesome’s Kinswoman: Khand
Nan, Old Venter’s Daughter: Leanne Yau
Nucome, a Welsh Courtier: Phil Birss
A Boy, Nucome’s Page: ScarlettG
Four Scholars: Stoofy
Young Lord Nonsuch: Tomas Peter
Master Exhibition, the Inns-a-Court Man: ToddHW
Wages, the Knight’s Servingman: Rob Marland
Servingman: Owen Cook
Edited by: Rob Marland
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House with the Twisting Passage (Version 2), The by WEBB, Marion St. John

When her parents go to India for two years, 9 year old Jenny is cared for by her aunts. Aunt Abby is caretaker in a large many-roomed house, where Jenny meets and hears the stories of many interesting occupants. The owner of the house is remote in both location and character. She visits only occasionally, but what was her story, and how will she react to Jenny’s presence? – Summary by Carod
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Lost for Love by BRADDON, Mary Elizabeth

EXCERPT: In all things that he did, Flora’s well-being was the doctor’s paramount consideration. He brought pleasant people to his house; men of professional standing, and their wives. He sought to win friends for her, and the gentle charm of her manner endeared her to the people he brought about her, almost in spite of herself. To know her was to love her.
To Cuthbert Ollivant’s small circle of intimates Flora was known only as his ward.
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Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 061 by VARIOUS

Seventeen short nonfiction works in the public domain independently chosen by the readers. Volume 61 features articles and essays on both current and timeless topics, ranging from whether marijuana is addictive (U.S. Gov.) to what constitutes foolish behavior (Erasmus, Gelett Burgess). Sermons in Stone, an essay by Oscar Wilde on classic sculptures displayed at the British Museum, is complemented by an actual sermon (The Carnal Mind, Enmity Against God by Spurgeon), while Frederick William Shelton muses on the fleeting beauty of a ripe peach (Incidents in a Retired Life). Truth and lies, luck, and individuality are essay topics by Mark Twain and John Stuart Mill.

Festive food (a recipe for Snow Pudding and Chocolate Sauce) is juxtaposed to a graphic account of Poisoning by Canned Goods, while A.A. Milne writes on the joys of fresh celery as an Autumn treat. Vol. 61 includes two historical accounts of tragedies: the wreck of the steamship Princess Sophia off the coast of Alaska in 1918 and the murder of abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy in Alton, Illinois in 1837. Finally, a retelling of how British landscape artist John Constable sold his first painting rounds out this nonfiction collection. – Summary by Sue Anderson
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Suppressed Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson, The by TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord

To those unacquainted with Tennyson’s conscientious methods, it may seem strange that a volume of 160 pages is necessary to contain those poems written and published by him during his active literary career, and ultimately rejected as unsatisfactory. Of this considerable body of verse, a great part was written, not in youth or old age, but while Tennyson’s powers were at their greatest. Whatever reasons may once have existed for suppressing the poems that follow, the student of English literature is entitled to demand that the whole body of Tennyson’s work should now be open, without restriction or impediment, to the critical study to which the works of his compeers are subjected. – Summary by Editor’s Note
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Blessings for Chanukah by SAMPTER, Jessie E.

LibriVox volunteers bring you 12 recordings of Blessings for Chanukah by Jessie E. Sampter.
This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 9, 2018.
Jessie Sampter was a Jewish educator, poet, and Zionist pioneer. She was born in New York City and immigrated to Palestine in 1919. In her twenties, she joined the Unitarian Church and began writing poetry. Her poems and short stories emphasized her primary concerns: pacifism, Zionism, and social justice. – Summary by Wikipedia
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