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Fifteen Epitaphs I

1I laid the strewings, darling, on thine urn;
2I lowered the torch, I poured the cup to Dis.
3Now hushaby, my little child, and learn
4Long sleep how good it is.
5In vain thy mother prays, wayfaring hence,
6Peace to her heart, where only heartaches dwell;
7But thou more blest, O mild intelligence!
8Forget her, and Farewell.
 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
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
Ezra Pound Pisan Cantos, LXXXI