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Celebrating the opening of
the Colosseum

'Here, where the starry colossus
sees the constellations close at
hand and a lofty framework rises
in the middle of the road'

Image of a field

‘Sonnet 18’ by Shakespeare

'Shall I compare thee to a
summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and
more temperate'

Image of trumpet

Edmund Spenser’s
Faerie Queene

'For trumpets sterne to
chaunge mine Oaten reeds,
And sing of Knights and
Ladies gentle deeds'

She walks in beauty

'She Walks in Beauty'
by Lord Byron

'She walks in beauty, like the night  
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes'

Image of sheep

'Live with me and be my love'
by Christopher Marlowe

'There will we sit upon the rocks,
And see the shepherds
feed their flocks'

Image of cauldron

"Double, double,
toil and trouble..."

Three witches meet on
a stormy night in
Shakespeare's Macbeth