Mountain Idylls, and Other Poems

Alfred Castner KING (1873 - 1941)

"The author of this unpretentious volume has long questioned the advisability of adding a book to our already inflated and overloaded literature, unless it should contain something in the nature of a deviation from beaten literary paths.

Whether the reading public will regard this as such or not is a question for the future to determine, as every book is a creature of circumstance, and at the date of its publication an algebraic unknown quantity.

It was not the original intention of the author to publish any of his effusions in collective form until more mature years and riper judgment should better qualify him for the task of composition, and should enable him to still further pursue the important studies of etymology, rhetoric, Latin and Greek, and complete the education which youthful environment denied.

On the 17th of March, A.D. 1900, occurred an accident in the form of a premature mining explosion which banished the light of the Colorado sun from his eyes forever, adding the almost insurmountable barrier of total and hopeless blindness to those of limited means and insufficient education. At first further effort seemed useless, but as time meliorates in some degree even the most deplorable and distressing physical conditions, ambition slowly rallied, and while lying for several months a patient in various hospitals in an ineffectual attempt to regain even partial sight, the following ideas and efforts of past years were gradually recalled from the recesses of memory, and reduced to their present form, in which, with no small hesitation and misgiving, they are presented to the consideration of the reading public, which in the humble opinion of the author has frequently failed to receive and appreciate productions of vastly superior merit." (Excerpt from the Preface)

Genre(s): Single author

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication / Preface Andrew Gaunce
00:06:00
Play 01 Grandeur Cavaet
00:08:35
Play 02 Nature's Child Joebin
00:01:16
Play 03 To the Pines Alan Mapstone
00:00:43
Play 04 Reflections Ethan
00:01:37
Play 05 Life's Mystery Ethan
00:00:50
Play 06 The Fallen Tree Ethan
00:02:04
Play 07 There is an Air of Majesty George Emerson
00:01:12
Play 08 Think Not That the Heart Is Devoid of Emotion George Emerson
00:01:07
Play 09 Humanity's Stream Andrew Gaunce
00:07:27
Play 10 Nature's Lullaby Larry Wilson
00:01:34
Play 11 The Spirit of freedom is Born of the Mountains Sawyer Rewis
00:00:43
Play 12 The Valley of the San Miguel Alan Mapstone
00:02:25
Play 13 To Mother Huberta Larry Wilson
00:02:03
Play 14 Suggested by a Mountain Eagle Alan Mapstone
00:02:06
Play 15 The Silvery San Juan Alan Mapstone
00:02:32
Play 16 As the Shifting Sands of the Desert George Emerson
00:01:50
Play 17 Missed George Emerson
00:00:57
Play 18 If I Have Lived Before Andrew Gaunce
00:01:11
Play 19 The Darker Side Andrew Gaunce
00:01:28
Play 20 The Miner Alan Mapstone
00:02:08
Play 21 Life's Undercurrent George Emerson
00:03:04
Play 22 They Cannot See the Wreaths We Place George Emerson
00:01:18
Play 23 Mother—Alpha and Omega George Emerson
00:02:03
Play 24 Empty are the Mother's Arms George Emerson
00:00:49
Play 25 In Deo Fides Larry Wilson
00:01:38
Play 26 Shall Love, as the Bridal Wreath, Whither and Die? Andrew Gaunce
00:00:58
Play 27 Shall Our Memories Live When the Sod Rolls Above Us? Alan Mapstone
00:01:27
Play 28 A Reverie Andrew Gaunce
00:01:15
Play 29 Love's Plea Andrew Gaunce
00:01:05
Play 30 Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust Larry Wilson
00:01:39
Play 31 Despair Larry Wilson
00:01:59
Play 32 Hidden Sorrows Christine Peterson
00:01:53
Play 33 O, a Beautiful Thing Is the Flower That Fadeth! George Emerson
00:01:01
Play 34 Smiles Christine Peterson
00:01:50
Play 35 A Request Stefan Von Blon
00:01:44
Play 36 Battle Hymn Denise Ray
00:01:18
Play 37 The Nations Peril Denise Ray
00:02:12
Play 38 Echoes from Galilee Larry Wilson
00:05:25
Play 39 Go, And Sin No More Larry Wilson
00:01:02
Play 40 Gently Lead Me, Star Divine Larry Wilson
00:00:57
Play 41 Dying Hymn Larry Wilson
00:00:54
Play 42 In Mortem Meditare Larry Wilson
00:03:20
Play 43 Deprive This Strange and Complex World Stefan Von Blon
00:01:06
Play 44 The Legend of St. Regimund Larry Wilson
00:07:36
Play 45 As The Indian Alan Mapstone
00:01:12
Play 46 The Fragrant Perfume of the Flowers Christine Peterson
00:00:59
Play 47 An Answer Alan Mapstone
00:00:54
Play 48 Fame Andrew Gaunce
00:01:31
Play 49 The First Storm Cavaet
00:00:51
Play 50 Thoughts Alan Mapstone
00:01:35
Play 51 From A Saxon Legend Alan Mapstone
00:03:31
Play 52 Christmas Chimes Ellies
00:01:09
Play 53 The Unknowable Ellies
00:03:12
Play 54 The Suicide Ellies
00:03:00
Play 55 I Think When I Stand in the Presence of Death Ellies
00:01:32
Play 56 Hope Ellies
00:05:08
Play 57 Metabole Ellies
00:30:48