This is a performance of the poem “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot.

Bent and Broken by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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I Knew a Guy by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Auxiliary voice-work provided by Sherry Thompson. Performance by Frank Marcopolos. Translations provided below:

Bin gar keine Russin, stamm’ aus Litauen, echt deutsch.
I’m not Russian at all, I come from Lithuania, a true German.

Frisch weht der Wind / Der Heimat zu / Mein Irisch Kind, / Wo weilest du?
Fresh blows the wind / To the homeland / My Irish darling / Where do you linger?

Oed’ und leer das Meer / Desolate and empty the sea

hypocrite lecteur!–mon semblable,–mon frère!
hypocrite reader!–my double,–my brother!

Et O ces voix d’enfants, chantant dans la coupole
And, O those children’s voices singing in the dome!

Poi s’ascose nel foco che gli affina.
Then he hid himself in the fire that purifies them.

Quando fiam uti chelidon
When shall I become like the swallow?

Le Prince d’Aquitaine à la tour abolie
The prince of Aquitainia in the abandoned tower

Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata.
Give. Sympathize. Control.

Shantih = The Peace which passeth understanding.

Posted by Frank Marcopolos

Frank Marcopolos is a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and NCAA baseball player turned literary fiction author and audiobook narrator. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he now lives in Texas. He produces free audiobooks of public domain works on his YouTube channel. Subscribe here: http://youtube.com/brooklynfrank