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Song of Weights and Measurements

By Martha Silano

For there is a dram.
For there is a farthing.
A bushel for your thoughts. . . .

Song: “Blow, blow, thou winter wind

By William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
   Thou art not so unkind
      As man’s ingratitude; . . .

Song: to Celia [Come, my Celia, let us prove]

By Ben Jonson

Come, my Celia, let us prove,
While we can, the sports of love;
Time will not be ours forever; . . .

Song: to Celia [“Drink to me only with thine eyes”]

By Ben Jonson

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
         And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup, . . .

Song: “You charm'd me not with that fair face”

By John Dryden

You charm'd me not with that fair face
      Though it was all divine:
To be another's is the grace, . . .

The Songs of Maximus: Song 1

By Charles Olson


                     colored pictures
of all things to eat: dirty . . .

The Songs of Maximus: Song 2

By Charles Olson

all
wrong
            And I am asked—ask myself (I, too, covered    . . .

Sonnet 1 

By Philip Sidney

Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show,
That the dear She might take some pleasure of my pain,
Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know, . . .

Sonnet  15: When I consider everything that grows

By William Shakespeare

When I consider everything that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows . . .

Sonnet  18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

By William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, . . .