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The Voice

2Saying that now you are not as you were
3When you had changed from the one who was all to me,
4But as at first, when our day was fair.
5Can it be you that I hear? Let me view you, then,
6Standing as when I drew near to the town
7Where you would wait for me: yes, as I knew you then,
8Even to the original air-blue gown!
9Or is it only the breeze, in its listlessness
12Heard no more again far or near?
13Thus I; faltering forward,
14Leaves around me falling,
16And the woman calling.


1] On Thomas Hardy's first wife. The 1914 edition has the date "December 1912." at the end of the poem. Back to Line
10] mead: meadow. Back to Line
11] dissolved to wan wistlessness: "consigned to existlessness" in 1914. Back to Line
15] norward,: "norward" in 1914. Back to Line
 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