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 (

I Knew a Guy by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

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.

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