The Weekly Corinthian, Vol. XIV #2670, Fri., Oct. 12, 1906: p. 1, c. 3 - A poem by Clyde Edwin Tuck: A ROSE FROM CORINTH -- Just a rose from the field of Corinth, Where the sweet magnolias grow, Where the Jessamine clings to the cypress And the pink oleanders blow; But it brings to my mind a picture Of the hills with their wonderful grace As they bask 'neath the turquoise skies Of that dear old famous place. Just a rose from the field of Corinth, But it speaks of a day that's dead, When the serried hosts in battle met And the streams with blood ran red, When the pines on the high bluffs trembled To the roar of the shot and shell, When the bravest soldiers of this fair land Rallied and charged, and fell! Just a rose from the field of Corinth -- It grew by a blasted tree That stood in the path of a canister, And waved its proud crest free; It bears in its fragrant bosom A message of peace and cheer -- An emblem of love and affection That shall grow from year to year. Just a rose from the field of Corinth, But it fills my eyes with tears When I think of the hearts yet shadowed That have wait'd for years and years For those who went down in battle In a cause they believed was right; They'll answer again to the roll-call On the fields by the river of light. Just a rose from the field of Corinth, Where all is at peace once more, With the gentle sunshine streaming The hills and the woodlands o'er; And it pleads for a place still broader In the land that we love so well, But cherish the names of the heroes That at Corinth fought and fell." cpoem2
This particular poem struck me as one that would have been particularly entertaining, not just read, but read aloud.
At my wife's suggestion and to help test this theory, I asked my friend, award winning audio tape and video producer, Frank Thomas of nearby Iuka, Mississippi, if he would give us a reading for Civil War history enthusiasts.
The results are presented below, subject to Internet constraints on delivery of the sound from Frank's first class recording. Enjoy! - Milton Sandy, Jr. April 25, 1996
A ROSE FROM CORINTH, 130k True Speech Format
A ROSE FROM CORINTH, 122k Real Audio Format
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