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Classic Poetry Series

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Publication Date: 2004

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A Girl Thetreehasenteredmyhands, Thesaphasascendedmyarms, ThetreehasgrowninmybreastDownward, Thebranchesgrowoutofme,likearms. Treeyouare, Mossyouare, Youarevioletswithwindabovethem. Achild-sohigh-youare, Andallthisisfollytotheworld. EzraPound

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A Pact Imakeapactwithyou,WaltWhitmanIhavedetestedyoulongenough. Icometoyouasagrownchild Whohashadapig-headedfather; Iamoldenoughnowtomakefriends. Itwasyouthatbrokethenewwood, Nowisatimeforcarving. WehaveonesapandonerootLettherebecommercebetweenus. EzraPound

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A Virginal No,no!Gofromme.Ihaveleftherlately. Iwillnotspoilmysheathwithlesserbrightness, Formysurroundingairhathanewlightness; Slightareherarms,yettheyhaveboundmestraitly Andleftmecloakedaswithagauzeofaether; Aswithsweetleaves;aswithsubtleclearness. Oh,Ihavepickedupmagicinhernearness Tosheathemehalfinhalfthethingsthatsheatheher. No,no!Gofromme.Ihavestilltheflavour, Softasspringwindthat'scomefrombirchenbowers. Greencometheshoots,ayeAprilinthebranches, Aswinter'swoundwithhersleighthandshestaunches, Hathofthetreesalikenessofthesavour: Aswhitetheirbark,sowhitethislady'shours. EzraPound

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Alba Ascoolasthepalewetleaves Toflily-of-the-valley Shelaybesidemeinthedawn. EzraPound

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An Immorality Singweforloveandidleness, Naughtelseisworththehaving.

ThoughIhavebeeninmanyaland, Thereisnaughtelseinliving. AndIwouldratherhavemysweet, Thoughrose-leavesdieofgrieving, ThandohighdeedsinHungary Topassallmen'sbelieving. EzraPound

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Ancient Music Winterisicummenin, LhudesingGoddamm. Rainethdropandstainethslop, Andhowthewinddothramm! Sing:Goddamm. Skiddethbusandsloppethus, Anaguehathmyham. Freezethriver,turnethliver, Damnyou,sing:Goddamm.

Goddamm,Goddamm,'tiswhyIam,Goddamm, So'gainstthewinter'sbalm. Singgoddamm,damm,singGoddamm. Singgoddamm,singgoddamm,DAMM. EzraPound

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And the days are not full enough Andthedaysarenotfullenough Andthenightsarenotfullenough Andlifeslipsbylikeafieldmouse Notshakingthegrass EzraPound

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Ballad for Gloom ForGod,ourGodisagallantfoe Thatplayethbehindtheveil.

IhavelovedmyGodasachildatheart Thatseekethdeepbosomsforrest, IhavelovedmyGodasamaidtoman Butlo,thisthingisbest:

ToloveyourGodasagallantfoethatplaysbehindtheveil; TomeetyourGodasthenightwindsmeetbeyondArcturus'pale. IhaveplayedwithGodforawoman, IhavestakedwithmyGodfortruth, IhavelosttomyGodasaman,clear-eyed Hisdicebenotofruth. ForIammadeasanakedblade, Buthearyethisthinginsooth:

WholosethtoGodasmantoman Shallwinattheturnofthegame. Ihavedrawnmybladewherethelightningsmeet Buttheendingisthesame: WholosethtoGodastheswordbladeslose Shallwinattheendofthegame.

ForGod,ourGodisagallantfoethatplayethbehindtheveil. WhomGoddeignsnottooverthrowhathneedoftriplemail. EzraPound

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Ballad of the Goodly Fere Ha'welostthegoodliestfereo'all Forthepriestsandthegallowstree? Ayeloverhewasofbrawnymen, O'shipsandtheopensea.

Whentheycamewi'ahosttotakeOurMan Hissmilewasgoodtosee, "Firstletthesego!"quo'ourGoodlyFere, "OrI'llseeyedamned,"sayshe.

Ayehesentusoutthroughthecrossedhighspears Andthescornofhislaughrangfree, "WhytookyenotmewhenIwalkedabout Aloneinthetown?"sayshe. Ohwedrankhis"Hale"inthegoodredwine Whenwelastmadecompany, NocaponpriestwastheGoodlyFere Butamano'menwashe. Iha'seenhimdriveahundredmen Wi'abundleo'cordsswungfree, Thattheytookthehighandholyhouse Fortheirpawnandtreasury.

They'llno'gethima'inabookIthink Thoughtheywriteitcunningly; NomouseofthescrollswastheGoodlyFere Butayelovedtheopensea.

Iftheythinktheyha'snaredourGoodlyFere Theyarefoolstothelastdegree. "I'llgotothefeast,"quo'ourGoodlyFere, "ThoughIgotothegallowstree." "Yeha'seenmehealthelameandblind, Andwakethedead,"sayshe, "Yeshallseeonethingtomasterall: 'Tishowabravemandiesonthetree." AsonofGodwastheGoodlyFere Thatbadeushisbrothersbe. Iha'seenhimcowathousandmen. Ihaveseenhimuponthetree.

Hecriednocrywhentheydravethenails Andthebloodgushedhotandfree, Thehoundsofthecrimsonskygavetongue Butneveracrycriedhe. Iha'seenhimcowathousandmen Onthehillso'Galilee,

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Theywhinedashewalkedoutcalmbetween, Wi'hiseyeslikethegreyo'thesea, Liketheseathatbrooksnovoyaging Withthewindsunleashedandfree, LiketheseathathecowedatGenseret Wi'tweywordsspoke'suddently.

AmasterofmenwastheGoodlyFere, Amateofthewindandsea, Iftheythinktheyha'slainourGoodlyFere Theyarefoolseternally. Iha'seenhimeato'thehoney-comb Sin'theynailedhimtothetree. EzraPound

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Before Sleep Thelateralvibrationscaressme, Theyleapandcaressme, Theyworkpatheticallyinmyfavour, Theyseekmyfinancialgood.

Sheofthespearstandspresent. Thegodsoftheunderworldattendme,OAnnubis, Thesearetheyofthycompany. Withapatheticsolicitudetheyattendme; Undulant, Theirrealmisthelateralcourses. Light! Iamuptofollowthee,Pallas. Upandoutoftheircaresses. Youweregoneupasarocket, Bendingyourpassagesfromrighttoleftandfromlefttoright Intheflatprojectionofaspiral. Thegodsofdruggedsleepattendme, Wishingmewell; Iamuptofollowthee,Pallas. EzraPound

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Cantico del Sole ThethoughtofwhatAmericawouldbelike IftheClassicshadawidecirculation Troublesmysleep, ThethoughtofwhatAmerica, ThethoughtofwhatAmerica,ThethoughtofwhatAmericawouldbelike IftheClassicshadawidecirculation Troublesmysleep. Nuncdimittis,nowlettestthouthyservant, Nowlettestthouthyservant Departinpeace. ThethoughtofwhatAmerica, ThethoughtofwhatAmerica, ThethoughtofwhatAmericawouldbelike IftheClassicshadawidecirculation... Ohwell! Ittroublesmysleep. EzraPound

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Canto 1 Andthenwentdowntotheship, Setkeeltobreakers,forthonthegodlysea,and Wesetupmastandsailonthatswartship, Boresheepaboardher,andourbodiesalso Heavywithweeping,andwindsfromsternward Boreusonwardwithbellyingcanvas, Crice'sthiscraft,thetrim-coifedgoddess. Thensatweamidships,windjammingthetiller, Thuswithstretchedsail,wewentoverseatillday'send. Suntohisslumber,shadowso'eralltheocean, Camewethentotheboundsofdeepestwater, TotheKimmerianlands,andpeopledcities Coveredwithclose-webbedmist,unpiercedever Withglitterofsun-rays Norwithstarsstretched,norlookingbackfromheaven Swartestnightstretchedoverwretechedmenthere. Theoceanflowingbackward,camewethentotheplace AforesaidbyCirce. Heredidtheyrites,PerimedesandEurylochus, Anddrawingswordfrommyhip Idugtheell-squarepitkin; Pouredwelibationsuntoeachthedead, Firstmeadandthensweetwine,watermixedwithwhiteflour ThenprayedImanyaprayertothesicklydeath's-heads; AssetinIthaca,sterilebullsofthebest Forsacrifice,heapingthepyrewithgoods, AsheeptoTiresiasonly,blackandabell-sheep. Darkbloodflowedinthefosse, SoulsoutofErebus,cadaverousdead,ofbrides Ofyouthsandoftheoldwhohadbornemuch; Soulsstainedwithrecenttears,girlstender, Menmany,mauledwithbronzelanceheads, Battlespoil,bearingyetdreoryarms, Thesemanycrowdedaboutme;withshouting, Palloruponme,criedtomymenformorebeasts; Slaughteredtheherds,sheepslainofbronze; Pouredointment,criedtothegods, ToPlutothestrong,andpraisedProserpine; Unsheathedthenarrowsword, Isattokeepofftheimpetuousimpotentdead, TillIshouldhearTiresias. ButfirstElpenorcame,ourfriendElpenor, Unburied,castonthewideearth, LimbsthatweleftinthehouseofCirce, Unwept,unwrappedinthesepulchre,sincetoilsurgedother. Pitifulspirit.AndIcriedinhurriedspeech: "Elpenor,howartthoucometothisdarkcoast? "Cam'stthouafoot,outstrippingseamen?" Andheinheavyspeech: "Illfateandabundantwine.IsleptinCrice'single. "Goingdownthelongladderunguarded, "Ifellagainstthebuttress,

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"Shatteredthenape-nerve,thesoulsoughtAvernus. "Butthou,OKing,Ibidrememberme,unwept,unburied, "Heapupminearms,betombbysea-bord,andinscribed: "Amanofnofortune,andwithanametocome. "Andsetmyoarup,thatIswungmidfellows."

AndAnticleacame,whomIbeatoff,andthenTiresiasTheban, Holdinghisgoldenwand,knewme,andspokefirst: "Asecondtime?why?manofillstar, "Facingthesunlessdeadandthisjoylessregion? "Standfromthefosse,leavememybloodybever "Forsoothsay." AndIsteppedback, Andhestrongwiththeblood,saidthen:"Odysseus "ShaltreturnthroughspitefulNeptune,overdarkseas, "Loseallcompanions."ThenAnticleacame. LiequietDivus.Imean,thatisAndreasDivus, InofficinaWecheli,1538,outofHomer. Andhesailed,bySirensandthenceoutwardsandaway AnduntoCrice. Venerandam, IntheCretan'sphrase,withthegoldencrown,Aphrodite, Cyprimunimentasortitaest,mirthful,oricalchi,withgolden Girdleandbreatbands,thouwithdarkeyelids BearingthegoldenboughofArgicidia.Sothat: EzraPound

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Canto 13 Kungwalked bythedynastictemple andintothecedargrove, andthenoutbythelowerriver, AndwithhimKhieuTchi andTianthelowspeaking And"weareunknown,"saidKung, "Youwilltakeupcharioteering? "Thenyouwillbecomeknown, "OrperhapsIshouldtakeupcharioterring,orarchery? "Orthepracticeofpublicspeaking?" AndTseu-lousaid,"Iwouldputthedefencesinorder," AndKhieusaid,"IfIwerelordofaprovince "Iwouldputitinbetterorderthanthisis." AndTchisaid,"Iwouldpreferasmallmountaintemple, "Withorderintheobservances, withasuitableperformanceoftheritual," AndTiansaid,withhishandonthestringsofhislute Thelowsoundscontinuing afterhishandleftthestrings, Andthesoundw