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Cit. What thou lovest well remains,
What thou lovest well remains,
the rest is dross
What thou lov’st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov’st well is thy true heritage
Whose world, or mine or theirs
or is it of none?
First came the seen, then thus the palpable
Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell,
What thou lovest well is thy true heritage
The ant’s a centaur in his dragon world.
Pull down thy vanity, it is not man
Made courage, or made order, or made grace,
Pull down thy vanity, I say pull down.
Learn of the green world what can be thy place
In scaled invention or true artistry,
Pull down thy vanity,
Paquin pull down!
Ezra Pound, Pisan Cantos, (Canto 81, 1948), (from The Cantos 1917-1962)
Cit. Under white clouds, sky of Pisa
out of all this beauty something must come
Ezra Pound, Pisan Cantos, (Canto 84), 1948
Chiesa di San Michele in Borgo