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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Appendix: Siena
July in Siena
Folgore da San Geminiano (c. 1270–c. 1332)
 
(From Of the Months)
Translated by D. G. Rossetti

FOR July, in Siena, by the willow-tree,
  I give you barrels of white Tuscan wine
  In ice far down your cellars stored supine;
And morn and eve to eat in company
Of those vast jellies dear to you and me;        5
  Of partridges and youngling pheasants sweet,
  Boiled capons, sovereign kids: and let their treat
Be veal and garlic, with whom these agree.
Let time slip by, till by and by, all day;
  And never swelter through the heat at all,        10
But move at ease at home, sound, cool, and gay;
  And wear sweet-colored robes that lightly fall;
And keep your tables set in fresh array,
  Not coaxing spleen to be your seneschal.
 
 
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