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Featured texts (candidates)
This page hosts nominations for featured text status in accordance with the Featured text guidelines. A featured text should exemplify Wikisource's very highest standards of accuracy. If you nominate a text, you will be expected to make a good-faith effort to address objections that are raised.

Any established user may nominate a text or vote (as long as it matches the criteria). Every month the nomination with the highest support ratio, weighted in favour of nominations with more numerous votes (equation forthcoming), will be chosen as featured text. All nominations with under 70% support after a week will be archived. The most promising nominations (up to 10) will be carried over to the next week, during which time established users may continue to place votes.

Featured texts edit
Date Text
January Pollyanna
February My Bondage and My Freedom (1855)
March Catholic Hymns (1860)
August Oriental Scenery


Nominating a text[edit]

  1. Ensure that the text meets all the featured text criteria and style guidelines. Nominations that are flagged as not meeting the criteria will be unlisted after 24 hours, unless the criteria are met in that time.
  2. Please ensure that "download option" from the sidebar produces a full work
  3. Note the nomination on the talk page by adding the template {{featured text candidate}}.
  4. Begin a discussion at the bottom of this page. Note your reason for nominating the text.
See also


  • If you believe an article meets all of the criteria, write Support followed by your reasons.
  • If you oppose a nomination, write Object followed by the reason for your objection. Each objection must provide a specific rationale that can be addressed. If nothing can be done in principle to "fix" the source of the objection, the objection may be ignored. This includes objections to an text's suitability for the Wikisource main page, unless such suitability can be fixed.
  • To withdraw an objection, strike it out (with <s>text</s>) rather than removing it.

Closing a nomination (administrators only)[edit]

  • Failed nominations
    1. Add a comment explaining why the nomination failed.
    2. Archive it.
    3. Place {{featured text not passed|year|title}} at the top of the work's main talk page (adding the year and heading of the archived discussion).
  • Passed nominations
    1. Add a comment noting the selection.
    2. Archive it.
    3. Add the work to {{Featured text}} (inside the respective month) and {{featured schedule}}.
    4. Place {{featured}} on top of the work's main page {{header}} template.
    5. Place {{featured talk|April 2018}} at the top of the work's main talk page (changing the numbers to the appropriate date if not next month).
    6. Protect all the work's main namespace pages.
    7. Indicate the work's featured status on its associated data item at Wikidata.


For older nominations, see the archives.

The Decrees of the Vatican Council[edit]

Highly important documents in the history of the Catholic Church. On the other hand, Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent are much more important so maybe we'd want to hold off until the latter is complete? —Beleg Tâl (talk) 21:35, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment This may need another pass by an editor or two. On a quick look of a few pages, I found unjoined lines, missing small-caps, and smaller text that wasn't made smaller. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:14, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing[edit]

I think this little work by Carroll is interesting, fun, and quaint. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 21:35, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment The tables do not seem to be displaying correctly. I would also want the illustrations to appear where they are discussed. The text is quite cryptic in some places without the accompanying illustration. --EncycloPetey (talk) 05:40, 25 November 2017 (UTC)

The Art of Bookbinding[edit]

It's been a very long time since we featured a work on manufacture or of practical value. This volume not only describes the traditional practices but also includes many fine illustrations. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:28, 30 December 2016 (UTC)

Would be nice to have a uniform formatting of captions for pictures.— Mpaa (talk) 23:47, 30 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Very interesting book, and beautiful illustrations! --Dick Bos (talk) 20:09, 7 September 2017 (UTC)

Oriental Scenery[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: selected for August 2018. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:40, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
I am proposing Oriental Scenery, a set of six art albums, for FT. Hrishikes (talk) 07:14, 11 June 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:40, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde[edit]

We have the first edition of this famous novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. It would be a shame not to feature it. Perhaps next October? --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:45, 8 October 2017 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 14:34, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

A Simplified Grammar of the Swedish Language[edit]

September 2018 will mark the 200th birthday of Danish linguist Elise Charlotte Otté, so how about featuring her book A Simplified Grammar of the Swedish Language, 6th edition? I don't think we've ever featured a book about a language. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:46, 25 November 2017 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support, but the transclusion should be migrated from {{page}} to the usual <pages /> syntax. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 14:44, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Popular Science Monthly/Volume 31/May 1887/Megalithic Monuments in Spain and Portugal[edit]

Proposed for July 2018 to coincide with the 200th birthday of French anthropologist Jean-François-Albert du Pouget.

It's a PSM article, which is a large project here that's never been featured, and it has some important illustrations of Stone Age megalithic monuments from the Iberian Peninsula, which don't get as much attention as similar monuments found elsewhere. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:50, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 14:47, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Trees and Other Poems (1914)[edit]

by Author:Joyce Kilmer. Fully validated, I went through each page & into the Main to adjust formatting for uniformity & to scan for common OCR, etc. errors.

The same year Trees &c. was published, Kilmer was abroad visiting England. Upon seeing the long lines of men waiting to enlist for WW1, he exclaimed, "My God, if I look at these boys much longer I'll have to hook on at the tail of this queue and join up with them!" He enlisted on 23 April 1917, shortly after America entered the war. Kilmer was killed on July 30, 1918—almost 100 years ago.

There is an extensive Wikipedia article about Kilmer's poem "Trees" (contained within this volume).

Proposing for April or May or perhaps the month of Kilmer's death (July) to mark 100 years. Londonjackbooks (talk) 02:13, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

@BethNaught: Thanks for running through the work... I primarily checked for formatting issues, and did not take a line-by-line approach. We seek perfection as a goal:

"Arise!—perfection seek.
Surmounting what is weak,
Toil on from peak to peak!" ***

But as I climbed on high,
Toward the forbidding sky
Perfection seemed to fly...

Appreciated, Londonjackbooks (talk) 00:11, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Messiah (1749)[edit]

Hugely popular and well known oratorio, libretto now fully validated and ready for featured status. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 17:33, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:43, 3 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Londonjackbooks (talk) 20:48, 3 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Weak Symbol support vote.svg Support, in that this is clearly a significant and meritorious text, and I'd be fine with it on the main page, but I'm not sure how much of an impact it has without the music accompanying it. BethNaught (talk) 00:35, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Una and the Lion[edit]

This is not such a well known work, I think, but I'll throw it out for consideration. Part eulogy, part call to arms, Florence Nightingale uses the story of Agnes Elizabeth Jones to urge women to take up nursing. I find it a very moving text, and it touches on the condition of the poor, the role of women, and the history of nursing in 19th century England.

2018 is the 150th anniversary of Jones's death. I would suggest featuring this work in May to coincide with International Nurses Day. BethNaught (talk) 09:16, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

The Myths of Mexico and Peru[edit]

Nominating this because it treats of a region that has never been featured by us before, and differs markedly from everything else nominated recently. --EncycloPetey (talk) 14:55, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Original Stories from Real Life[edit]

Nominating because it's complete and proofread, an interesting addition as moral fables from the 18th century by an author famous for philosophy, and for a personal reason, I would like it to be featured this April for my friend Adrianne Wadewitz who died April 8, four years ago. The only potential issues I immediately see: 1.) the "Download as PDF" does not make a full text (nor does, e.g. the Oriental Scenery nomination above--I assume this is a problem with the PDF maker?), 2.) the short long s character (<ſ>) could be replaced with either a standard short s or the {{ſ}} template (altho that is easily done with AWB), and 3.) this is from the second printing rather than the original edition. Thoughts? —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:50, 11 February 2018 (UTC)

Although the text has been Validated, there are still numerous typographical and punctuation issues noticeable from even a quick perusal. The headers are overloaded, and there is no introductory "Notes" on the lead section, other than a notice about converting to an edition. This text needs much more cleanup before it could be featured. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:30, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
@EncycloPetey: I'll be happy to fix whatever errors you find--can you clue me in on what you've seen so far? Also, what are you saying about the headers--are you just suggesting that I remove the names of the chapters and leave them as "Chapter 1", "Chapter 2", etc.? —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:33, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support if the typographical issues are resolved. The chapter headers would be better with only "Chapter 1", "Chapter 2", etc. instead of including the whole description. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 14:45, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
@Beleg Tâl, @EncycloPetey: What do you think now? What more can I do to promote this work? —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:40, 26 February 2018 (UTC)
The only thing that jumps out at me still is the formatting of the drop initials. The additional formatting that has been applied knocks the drop initial letters out of alignment from the rest of the text. --EncycloPetey (talk) 15:39, 26 February 2018 (UTC)
And now? —Justin (koavf)TCM 07:26, 27 February 2018 (UTC)
Removing the drop initials wasn't the issue; it was the additional forced formatting that was preventing the drop initial template from doing its job. We try to replicate the original as best we can, and we can do drop initials and large initials. And while I remember: the text summary on the main page is not easy to read. Perhaps someone with a good sense for summary text could streamline it a bit? --EncycloPetey (talk) 06:06, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
@EncycloPetey: Like this? —Justin (koavf)TCM 06:51, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
No, like this. The template is called {{dropinitial}} and it does not require any additional formatting. Nor does the text require additional size adjustment, since the following capital letters are the same size as all the other capital letters on the page. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:07, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
@EncycloPetey: Thanks a lot. Done now. What else can I do? —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:55, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Is this okay for the featured text next month? There's not a lot of lead time left. Strictly speaking, April is pretty arbitrary but I would appreciate it if we could have this promoted then. Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 04:05, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

There are still numerous errors throughout. Picking a random chapter / page, I looked at page 47 of chapter VII. There is a period missing at the end of the chapter header (which is minor), but there is a hard line return coded in the middle of the first paragraph through an improper section break. I think a thorough pass through the entire work is needed, as I continue to find formatting issues like this each time I look. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:15, 11 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks again--I appreciate your feedback. —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:03, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

Kipling's If—[edit]

Rudyard Kipling's "If—" has come a long way since it was first added to Wikisource in November 2003 (one of the first WS adds). I have recently linked the page to its 1910 source in Rewards and Fairies—which has yet to be proofread. I would like to nominate the single poem (fully validated) for Featured Text for November 2018 as it will mark the 15th anniversary (as I understand it to be) of Wikisource. Does only the poem itself need to be fully validated in order to be nominated? The WP excerpt in the notes section—should it stay or go? I figure if the poem makes Featured status, most of that info will go into the blurb anyway. Am I missing anything? Thoughts? Thanks, Londonjackbooks (talk) 11:44, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 14:43, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support --EncycloPetey (talk) 06:08, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment (1) The summary notes at the outset read more like the introduction to an English paper than an introduction to the poem. Can the text be streamlined and made more "accessible" to the general reader? --EncycloPetey (talk) 06:12, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment (2) I'm not sure that this work is celebratory enough in its own right. Perhaps we could feature 4-6 different kinds of items to celebrate the 15th anniversary of WS? That is, celebrate the variety of works we do. --EncycloPetey (talk) 06:08, 28 February 2018 (UTC)