Frost intended to surprise President John F. Kennedy at his 1961 inauguration by reading his new poem which he'd composed especially for the occasion, prior to his planned recitation of his poem, The Gift Outright. Though he only read the first three lines of Dedication before purposefully or accidentally releasing his papers at the lectern, we're treated to its presence in the public domain for its historic and literary significance.
"The glory of a next Augustan age
Of a power leading from its strength and pride,
Of young ambition eager to be tried,
Firm in our free beliefs without dismay,
In any game the nations want to play.
A golden age of poetry and power
Of which this noonday's the beginning hour."

—— Closing seven lines from Robert Frost's poem "For John F. Kennedy His Inauguration" the expanded version of "Dedication"


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