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After Death (Rossetti)[edit]

Votes (3): 3 support (100%), 0 oppose (0%), 0 neutral (0%).
WSRc: 1.8 (about SVC)

A philosophical poem by Christina Rossetti about tragic death with a twist, first published in Goblin Market and Other Poems in 1862. Proofread against multiple online sources by two users. —[admin] Pathoschild 22:44, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

This work will be featured in January 2007. —{admin} Pathoschild 05:55, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Anthem for Doomed Youth[edit]

Anthem for Doomed Youth is one of the best-known and most popular of Wilfred Owen's poems. It employs the traditional form of a sonnet. Much of the imagery suggests Christian funeral rituals and the poem moves from infernal noise to mournful silence.

It was written in 1917, when Owen was a patient at Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh, recovering from shell shock. The poem itself is a lament for young soldiers whose lives were unnecessarily lost in World War I. Owen met and became close friends with another poet at the hospital, Siegfried Sassoon, and asked for his assistance in polishing his rough drafts. It was Sassoon who named it 'Anthem', and who substituted 'Doomed' for 'Dead'; the famous epithet of "patient minds" is also a correction of his. The amended manuscript copy, in both men's handwriting, still exists, and may be found at the Wilfred Owen Manuscript Archive online.

— Excerpted from Anthem for Doomed Youth on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

I proofread this text against multiple online sources (including an original manuscript), and placed differential links and observations on the talk page. —{admin} Pathoschild 04:23, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

  • Extremely biased support. :)--Shanel 02:25, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
  • Support.Zhaladshar (Talk) 02:41, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

This work will be featured in February 2007. —{admin} Pathoschild 03:50, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

Resignation letter (Roosevelt)[edit]

This is a good historical source, not widely available on the internet & meeting our featured text criteria. AllanHainey 14:45, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Comment, this was previously proposed for featured text status. --Benn Newman (AMDG) 15:13, 2 January 2007 (UTC)
Oh, I didn't realise, or forgot, as it isn't noted in the archive. AllanHainey 12:40, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I found this much more interesting than expected. The formatting code could be improved, but this is nothing readers will see. I woulder if there are Wikipedia articles that can be linked to for the individuals mentioned (the mayor at the time, Commisioner Andrews) or for the law he dislikes which is so much discussed in the letter. I soppose you would have to get a hold of a good biography of the man to be certain what he is referring to.--BirgitteSB 18:18, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Interesting letterJohn Cross 22:25, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I found and corrected numerous mistakes in the transcription; at least one other user should proofread it thoroughly before moving it back up to 100%. I uploaded the scans to commons:Category:Theodore Roosevelt resignation. —{admin} Pathoschild 02:19:21, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
    Support, proofread by Zhaladshar. —{admin} Pathoschild 22:34:57, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I proofread it and found only one other correction. It looks complete to me.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 22:02, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

This text will be featured March 2007. —{admin} Pathoschild 19:11:24, 27 February 2007 (UTC)


Darkness by Lord Byron is a cynical funereal tale of mankind in its desperate final days after an apocalyptic event, inspired by the 1816 Year Without a Summer following the massive eruption of Mount Tambora and other volcanoes. It touches through various allegories such topics as religion, death, social classes, ethics and values. The poem has been proofread against eleven online sources, including a proofread Gutenberg edition, with the results comprehensively described with diff links on the talk page. —{admin} Pathoschild 00:02:09, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Support --BirgitteSB 18:27, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support.--GrafZahl 12:54, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support.-- Banjee 13:52, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support.Zhaladshar (Talk) 21:40, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

This text will be featured April 2007. —{admin} Pathoschild 19:11:24, 27 February 2007 (UTC)


Lights by Sara Teasdale is a poem about simple love and familiarity as contrasted against the tired dissatisfaction of the masses. It has been proofread against multiple online sources, including a proofread Gutenberg edition, by Shanel and myself. —{admin} Pathoschild 01:02:16, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Support--BirgitteSB 18:30, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support.--GrafZahl 13:53, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support.--Banjee 13:54, 25 February 2007 (UTC)

This text will be featured May 2007. —{admin} Pathoschild 19:11:24, 27 February 2007 (UTC)

Arithmetic on the Frontier[edit]

Arithmetic on the Frontier was first published in Departmental Ditties and Other Verses in 1886. It is a sardonic poem describing the Second Anglo-Afghan war between highly-educated British soldiers and poor tribesmen. This poem is still relevant to many conflicts today, and is frequently cited in news articles and blogs (see example search). It has been proofread against ten other online sources, including Project Gutenberg (a carefully proofread project), with diff links and notes on the talk page. —{admin} Pathoschild 01:56:33, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

This work will be featured in June 2007, since this is the only candidate that will be ready by then. —{admin} Pathoschild 04:34:13, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Century Magazine/Volume 57/Issue 4/Cole's Old English Masters. John Opie[edit]

This is an unusual text in that it is an article about a painter who painter an author (Mary Wollstonecraft). It also shows how wikisource can be used as source material and not just as a repository of primary texts. Danny 16:38, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Is this available online, and if not could you upload a scan? It should be proofread by a few users before being featured and protected. I'd be willing to proofread it if a scan is available. —{admin} Pathoschild 19:26:38, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
Here it is Danny 04:09, 1 May 2007 (UTC)
I've created the index pages. Do we know what the specific copyright status is? For now, I've tagged it as {{PD-1923}}, but a license applicable outside the United States would be preferable. —{admin} Pathoschild 04:31:05, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

This text will be featured in August 2007. —{admin} Pathoschild 19:45:43, 21 July 2007 (UTC)

Finished with the War: A Soldier’s Declaration[edit]

Having had difficulty with a number of online sources having slightly different transcripts of the letter (possibly stemming from its later publication in the London Times, which may have had minor adjustments), I have finally hunted down the facsimile copy of the actual document as read out in the House of Commons - our work is thus proofread and definitive (even included the spelling error "agression"). I feel it is a timely piece, as the United States and Britain are discussing troop withdrawals from Iraq - and offers a unique perspective on a sadly-forgotten WWI author. Sherurcij Collaboration of the Week: Author:Maxim Gorky 08:30, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

  • Support and proofread. However, where does the title come from? It should be lowercase, unless that is the original title as capitalized. —{admin} Pathoschild 19:42:20, 21 July 2007 (UTC)
  • Support--BirgitteSB 16:31, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Support; thanks to Sherurcij for putting in the effort here. I am concerned about what appear to be missing letters before "Lt."; i think second lieutenant was his rank at the time [1], but "2nd" doesnt appear to be it; the fragment of the letter before the L doesnt look like a d. Also, I have a hunch that it was merely titled "Declaration by ? Lt. Siegfried Sassoon ..." when he wrote it, as a biographer neglected to give it a more formal name[2] and "Finished with the War" doesnt sound right; it sounds like a newspaper heading, so it would be nice to see the newspaper article to know how it arrived at the name. It would be nice if we could find a PD image for Author:Siegfried Sassoon before this is featured. John Vandenberg 18:14, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
done, though a younger photo might be an improvement. Sherurcij Collaboration of the Week: Author:Henry Ford 18:37, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

Featured in September 2007. —{admin} Pathoschild 22:44:06, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Not featured[edit]

Transcript of the 'friendly fire' incident video (28 March 2003)[edit]

This is the transcript of a 'friendly fire' incident recently "leaked" and is based on the video available for download in commons. Its been proof read by two people so far (excluding myself). --Cool Cat 21:08, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

  • support -- very different from the other possibilities, and a nice exampleof how Wikisource can be used to cover current events, andnot just older material. Danny 01:51, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, looks complete. —{admin} Pathoschild 02:43:12, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I left two concerns on the talk page over style issues. I know they are nitpicky, but the version of this that becomes featured will basically be the endorsed format for these types of documents. Since we do already have the exact same kinds of documents using a different format, we should be certain we are endorsing the style we want to be choosing throughout the project.--BirgitteSB 17:29, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment More nitpickings: the I realise the purpose the colours are rather distracting. I like [3] better. --Benn Newman (AMDG) 21:58, 4 May 2007 (UTC) (Update: Flight 93 Cockpit Transcript has been undeleted, which breaks the link given; see here instead. John Vandenberg (chat) 04:53, 1 May 2008 (UTC) )
  • Coment More nitpickings: On a whole the page looks quite good. However, I feel the need to point out that commonly accepted rules of English writing style use square brackets [. . . ] to indicate clarifying inserted text. You have used Parentheses instead. I'd suggest switching the (insertions) to [insertions]. —Wikijeff 18:11, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Not featured, 60% of users who commented were not yet satisfied. Please address the concerns raised and request again later (you can collaborate on the talk page). —{admin} Pathoschild 02:25:15, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

History of the Ten Lost Tribes - Anglo-Israelism Examined[edit]

This is an interesting theological work intended primarily as a through examination and debunking of Anglo-Israelism, the theory that Anglo-Saxons are somehow the actual historical Israel to the exclusion of modern day Jews. The work also tackles to a lesser degree the more common theory of "Replacement Theology" or "Supersessionism" and give it similar treatment. The author, David Baron, was a Messianic-Jew, long before that movement was more widely popularized in the 1960's. The Wikisource etext was produced directly from page-scans (posted to Wikimedia Commons), and with a lot of hard work has now been proofed, wiki-linked, and properly laid-out. It seems to me to be one of the best texts presently available on Wikisource. I'd like to nominate this work for featured texts. —Wikijeff 04:24, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

"Anglo-Israelism Examined" seems to be a subtitle (see cover scan), so this text should be at "History of the Ten Lost Tribes". The headers should use relative wikilinks ("[[../Chapter 01]]", not "[[History_of_the_Ten_Lost_Tribes_-_Anglo-Israelism_Examined/Chapter_01]]"). The texts should use the transitional {{header2}}, as described at Template talk:Header. Line breaks should not be used in the header data fields, since these are subject to change and are intended to be easily bot- and human-readable; you can duplicate the original heading below if needed, as on Century Magazine/Volume 57/Issue 4/Cole's Old English Masters. John Opie.
If the above is fine with you, I'll correct all the pages and support. —{admin} Pathoschild 02:17:43, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose (?). Sorry if I misunderstood something but it seems as if this text is at only 75% quality, except chapter 15, which was proofed by User:Java7837 [4] (they say chapter 16 in this link but really mean chapter 15).--GrafZahl (talk) 10:17, 6 August 2007 (UTC)

Not featured, please address the issues raised in this discussion before nominating it again in the future. —{admin} Pathoschild 21:42:08, 21 September 2007 (UTC)