I am on the road, creating the opportunity for a puzzle with a prize for RBC readers. For the first 24 hours from now (i.e., until January 24 at 8 am Eastern Time) no Internet searches are allowed to solve it, but you can use books, talk to experts etc. As I have no way of enforcing this rule, you are on your honor to follow it.
If you are the first person to solve this puzzle within 24 hours I will donate $100 in your name to one of the charities you pick from the end of this post. After 24 hours have elapsed, googling and other Internet searching is allowed but the prize drops in value to $50.
Submit your answer in the comments section. Do not worry if your answer doesn’t appear immediately. Because I am in a markedly different time zone than usual (hint!), it may take me awhile to approve comments, but the clock will know who was first when I get around to approving comments. Note also that if this post is picked up on any other site (e.g., Washington Monthly) you must post your answer at RBC to be eligible to win.
Here is the clue:
Thy dawn, O Master of the World, thy dawn
For thee the sunlight creeps across the lawn
For thee the ships are drawn down to the waves
For thee the markets throng with myriad slaves
For thee the hammer on the anvil rings
For thee the poet of beguilement sings
Those who are always sure to read RBC on Friday (hint!) probably have a head start in realizing how the clue suggests an answer. But it is a slightly wrong answer. The clue also suggests the correct answer.
To win you must say (1) What the slightly wrong answer is and how the clue links to it and (2) What the correct answer is and how the clue links to it.