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Sun shines easy, sun shines gay
On bug-house, warehouse, brewery, market,
On the chocolate factory and the B.S.A.,
On the Greek town hall and Josiah Mason;
On the Mitchells and Butlers Tudor pubs,
On the white police and the one-way traffic
And glances off the chromium hubs
And the metal studs in the sleek macadam.
Eight years back about this time
I came to live in this hazy city
To work in a building caked with grime
Teaching the classics to Midland students;
Virgil, Livy, the usual round,
Principal parts and the lost digamma;
And to hear the prison-like lecture room resound
To Homer in a Dudley accent.
But Life was comfortable, life was fine
With two in a bed and patchwork cushions
And checks and tassels on the washing-line,
A gramophone, a cat, and the smell of jasmine.
The steaks were tender, the films were fun,
The walls were striped like a Russian ballet,

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