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"Darkness" is a poem written by Lord Byron in July 1816. That year was known as the Year Without a Summer, because Mount Tambora had erupted in the Dutch East Indies the previous year, casting enough sulphur into the atmosphere to reduce global temperatures and cause abnormal weather across much of north-east America and northern Europe. This pall of darkness inspired Byron to write his poem.
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkness_(poem)

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Exerpt from "Darkness", by Lord Byron.
Read by Michael Stearns.

I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light:
And they did live by watchfires—and the thrones,

The palaces of crowned kings—the huts,
The habitations of all things which dwell,
Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum'd,
And men were gather'd round their blazing homes
To look once more into each other's face;
The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
The moon, their mistress, had expir'd before;
The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,
And the clouds perish'd; Darkness had no need
Of aid from them—She was the Universe.

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from Galactic Underground Volume 2, released May 1, 2020
Strings, synthesizers: Venja.
Voice: Michael Stearns, excerpt from "Darkness", poem by Lord Byron.

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Venja Belgium

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound designer and producer for documentaries, film, tv and this for over 30 years...
Venja melds elements of ambient, electronic, and neoclassical styles.

Recording artist for the reknown label IC/Digit Music and is founder of the non-profit organisations Art For Ears and B-Wave to promote electronic and ambient music.
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