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January, 1795

By Mary Robinson

Pavement slipp’ry, people sneezing,
Lords in ermine, beggars freezing;
Titled gluttons dainties carving, . . .

John Lennon

By Mary Jo Salter

The music was already turning sad,
      those fresh-faced voices singing in a round
            the lie that time could set its needle back . . .

['Joy of my life, full oft for loving you']

By Edmund Spenser

Joy of my life, full oft for loving you
    I bless my lot, that was so lucky placed:
    But then the more your own mishap I rue, . . .

July in Washington

By Robert Lowell

The stiff spokes of this wheel

touch the sore spots of the earth.

. . .