Pearl (Coulton translation)

Read by Tony Addison

(5 stars; 2 reviews)

A companion piece to From Jerusalem to Revelations in the Librivox catalogue ( Pearl, believed to have been written by the author of the Pagano-Christian beheading tale, Gawain and the Green Knight, enters the vision of a grieving father at his daughter's graveside that carries him with us into the spirit world in which she finds her dwelling place now, a pure unspotted girl, her father's pride, now a Pearl of great price and her Saviour's bride. She chides him, much (as many have noted) Beatrice does Dante in his Divine Comedy with the plain and incontrovertible fact that she now lives in the New Jerusalem in the rapture of eternal bliss, while he is wholly wrapped in his desire to be again with her. The disconnect that must exist between this wholly human feeling, a paternal grief. against the vividly described reality of a spiritual universe that she inhabits now and her perpetual happiness as Bride of the Lamb, makes for much of the quiet humour and gentle pathos of the piece. ( Tony Addison) (1 hr 20 min)


Chapter One 17:03 Read by Tony Addison
Chapter Two 16:17 Read by Tony Addison
Chapter Three 17:02 Read by Tony Addison
Chapter Four 15:44 Read by Tony Addison
Chapter Five 13:59 Read by Tony Addison


An Excellent Reading

(5 stars)

Thank you, Tony. This is a remarkable early poetic work of our English language, and religious verse of a merit befitting that of any language, I am sure. It should be read alongside the Metaphysical Poets, as well as much of Shakespeare.

Pearl (Coulton translation) Gawain Poet

(5 stars)

A 14th Century alliterative verse masterpiece. Coulton’s translation maintains much of the alliterative verse. Tony Addison does a marvelous job of narrating this beautiful yet sad work. His voice sets the tone for this medieval dream poem.