January 2 Edmund Spenser

The meaning is made clear Edmund Spenser, older contemporary of Shakespeare, whose pageant of the months, from the final fragment of his “Faerie Queene”, can conveniently figure in ‘Poetry Monthly’ :


Then came old January, wrappèd well
In many weeds to keep the cold away;
Yet did he quake and quiver, like to quell,
And blow his nails to warm them if he may;
For they were numb’d with holding all the day
An hatchet keen, with which he fellèd wood
And from the trees did lop the needless spray:
Upon an huge great Earth-pot stean he stood,
From whose wide mouth there flowed forth the Roman flood.Previous: Winter – William Shakespeare
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winter trees photo